Before taking a look at my photo reportage in Rhodesia taken between 1977 and 1978, I suggest that you visit the site http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhodesia so as to learn a little more about this country and that period in its history.
I was rather young at the time. Too young, probably, but very much aware of what I was doing. I was setting down on paper a unique moment in history, a type of tribute to a very particular moment for that country. Very few photographers covered those events and those who did only tried to fix what could excite the media through their ideas and read-made thoughts. I became interested in the black and white communities by moving from one to the other. Often the two were intertwined.
I photographed civilian life by frequenting the various communities and by navigating through the various social structures. I also became interested in the life of the military by following them in their anti-guerilla operations.
Dominique Houyet, 23/05/2007