bicycle portraits: contemporary south african bicycle commuter culture

Stan Engelbrecht and Nic Grobler undertook a journey around South Africa to investigate South African commuter culture; to find out who rides bicycles and why, and to find out why so few choose a bicycle as a transport option. Their two year journey revealed social, class, historical and cultural nuances they never imagined. The best portraits and stories from the over 500 cyclists photographed along their journey were published earlier this year.

Bicycle Portraits is divided over three books, each containing a different selection of 54 stories and two essays each by local South African and major international cycling figures, including pieces by Nobel Prize-winning JM Coetzee, and the godfather of mountain biking, Gary Fisher.

The books are designed by Gabrielle Guy and in collaboration with artist Gabrielle Raaff include beautiful hand-painted watercolour maps (based on Google maps) that indicate the location of each of the portraits.

These stunning books can be purchased either separately or as a set, and are available through the Bicycle Portraits website. The order page includes more details about contributors to each book.

The website also provides details about Stan and Nic’s fascinating journey, which was funded through Kickstarter, as were production costs.

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