For this collection highlight we made a selection from Ernst Schade’s photos, based on the theme 'Labour' in Southern Africa. We divided the exposition in the categories:
The IISH possesses many photos by Ernst Schade. They are part of an extensive collection of archival materials relating to the anti-apartheid and Southern Africa solidarity groups in The Netherlands. https://socialhistory.org/en/collections/anti-apartheid-and-southern-africa-collection-guide
Ernst Schade (1949, The Netherlands) received training in tropical agriculture. For 16 years he worked in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique with governmental institutions and non-governmental organizations in rural development programmes. From 1989 till 1995 he was Resident Representative for the Save the Children-Norway in Mozambique.
Self-taught in photography, he started publishing work in 1984.
Since 1995 he lives in Lisbon, Portugal. Photography is now his main activity. He is represented by the photo agencies De Beeldunie (The Netherlands) and Panos Pictures (UK).
He has press publications world-wide and is, among other publications, co-author with Flora Veit-Wild of “Dambudzo Marechera 1952-1987” (ISBN 0-7974-0828-X). His work is also included in The National Archive of the United States of America, the National Archive of Mozambique.
Copyright all photographs: Ernst Schade.
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Collecting maize grain.
Villagers and children collect maize grain dropped off from trucks transporting emergency food from the port of Beira to Chimoio.
Africa, Mozambique, Manica province, near Gondola. 6 January 1994
Cotton pickers at a commercial farm.
Cotton pickers at a commercial farm. Also children work at the fields. Child labour is common in Mozambique.
Afrika, Mozambique, Manica provincie, nabij Chimoio. 6 January 1994
Villagers collecting water from a well.
Villagers collect water from a well. This refugee village was under the protection of the Zimbabwe National Army. It was re-captured by RENAMO rebels in September 1990 and held till the cease-fire in 1992.
Africa, Mozambique, Sofala province, Base Cavalo. 10 October 1990
A woman washing clothes in the pit of the National Railways of Mozambique (CFM) workshop in Inhaminga.
This workshop used to do the maintenance for the Beira-Tete railway that was destroyed during the civil war between RENAMO and the government (1976-1992). Repair is currently underway (2010).
Afrika, Mozambique, Sofala provincie, Inhaminga. 16 April 1994
Local population assist in the re-construction of the railway line between Zimbabwe and the port of Beira at the Indian Ocean.
This railway is vital for the import and export of neighbouring landlocked Zimbabwe.
Afrika, Mozambique, Manica provincie, Chimoio. 11 July 1987
Shopkeeper in an almost empty shop waiting for clients.
During the first ten years after the independence in 1975 commodities became very scarce.
Afrika, Mozambique, Manica provincie, Espungabera. 28 August 1985
Trucks transporting food in a military protected convoy from the port of Beira to Zimbabwe.
Due to persistent drought, Zimbabwe had to import in 1992 one million metric tonnes of maize.
Afrika, Mozambique, Manica province, Garuso. 18 July 1992
Two workers wait till their meal has been warmed up on a fire under a derelict steam engine.
Workshop of the Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM), the National Railways of Mozambique
Afrika, Mozambique, Manica provincie, Gondola. 1 September 1992