Thirteen Formative Years

JOHANNESBURG: When we arrived in Johannesburg in January 1949, it was (and still is) the largest city in South Africa in terms of population. Johannesburg is also often referred to as the largest city in the world that’s not on a river, sea, or lake. When we lived there, the city had about a million inhabitants. By the early 2020s, however, Johannesburg’s population had risen six-fold or more. This photograph looking out over the city was – like most of the colour and all of the black-and-white pictures in this section of this web-album – one that I took in July 1962, shortly before I left the country permanently.