Per-Anders Pettersson has won the Documentary Photography Award of the Museum of Work in Norrkoping, Sweden, for his photo book Rainbow Transit.
As the jury explained, “Per-Anders Pettersson will receive the prize for his book Rainbow Transit, and for his reportages from the African continent, which gives us stories beyond the stereotype.”
In 1994, the Swedish photographer was a witness of historic events. The first free elections were held in the former Apartheid State of South Africa, and Nelson Mandela was elected as the country’s first black President. Fascinated by a country that was unknown to him till then, Pettersson decided to document the difficult path laid down by these new circumstances. From the middle classes to the poorest in the Townships, Petterson reveals the diversity and contradictions of the, so-called, rainbow nation, South Africa.
You can find more information about the award at Arbetetsmuseum (in Swedish).