The collection of the more than 4000 photographs by the photographer William Matlala also contains a small number by Afrapix photographers Cedric Nunn, Anna Zieminski, Santu Mofokeng and Paul Weinberg.
William Matlala was a freelance photographer specializing in Labour and Trade Union activities, who has served the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) in his capacity as photographer particularly in the 1990s.
"Impact Visuals was a New York City-based cooperative photo agency dedicated to social documentary photography. Impact Visuals sold pictures taken of the anti-apartheid movement in the United States by independent photographers across the county. Impact Visuals also sold photographs taken of the struggles for independence in Namibia and against apartheid in South Africa. Impact Visuals distributed photographs from Afrapix, a collective of freelance photographers in South Africa operating between 1982-1992." Source: Impact Visuals, African Activist Archive, University of Connecticut Libraries
'Justice and Peace' was formed in response to Vatican II, Pope Paul VI setting up the Pontifical Commission for justice and peace in 1967. A justice and peace group was founded in Johannesburg in 1973/4. ' Justice and Peace' was keenly aware that Apartheid had been a key characteristic of societal imbalances. Apart from its primary focus which was to raise awareness in the Catholic Community, Justice and Peace worked closely with both local and international organisations (religious and lay) who were committed to transforming society through justice and reconciliation.