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I teach African history and the history of photography at the University of Virginia.

Biography

I’m an historian and photographer who teaches African history and the history of photography at the University of Virginia. In May 2010, my photo documentary book on the Cape Town New Year's Carnival, "One Love, Ghoema Beat," will be published in South Africa, by Random House Struik, and in the United States, by the University of Virginia Press. I’m also working on "Democracy of Speed," a photo documentary on the culture of motor sports in the US, especially drag racing. My photos appear in music and motor sports magazines and on CD covers. In addition, I'm writing a history of popular music and popular politics in South Africa, during the 1970s and 1980s.

Interests

jazz, documentary photography, carnival in cape town, racing and diversity, motor sports and diversity, and classical music.