Looking For M.

Ben Krewinkel


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Mozambique, Lourenco Marques, May-June 1975

Portuguese colonials in the harbour of Lourenco Marques shipping their posessions to Portugal in the wake of indepence.

Exact date 2 June 1975 as described in diary.

Image: Frits Eisenloeffel

With Looking for M. photographer Ben Krewinkel continues the journey that took leftist journalist Frits Eisenloeffel to Mozambique just before the independence of 1975.

In 1974 and 1974 journalist Frits Eissenloeffel captured the somewhat hasty departure of Portuguese colonialist settlers, the tales of an outgoing white military force and the arriving freedom fighters led by Samora Machel. His photographs, published in Dutch media at the time, reflected postcolonial excitement, reconstruction and the beginning of a new era.

Almost four decades later Ben Krewinkel explores a range of themes defining modern day Mozambique: poverty, migration, Chinese influence, youth, political ideologies, -and new violent conflict.

In the book Looking for M., Krewinkel juxtaposes some of Eisenloeffel’s work next to his own shots. The result pushes the viewer from one time into another and back again, leading one to wonder how the past still shows in the present. What was achieved, what went wrong?

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  • Title: Looking For M.
  • Design: Ben Krewinkel
  • Photography: Ben Krewinkel, Frits Eisenloeffel
  • Text: Ben Krewinkel, Frits Eisenloeffel
  • Language: English, Portuguese
  • Date: 2014
  • Publisher: f0.23 publishing
  • Cover: Softcover
  • Pages: 84
  • Size: 145 x 190 mm
  • ISBN: 978-90-818402-1-7

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