Photographer David Lurie's Undercity: Revealing images of the "other" Cape Town

Free Palestine, Woodstock ('hand' mural by Gaia), Cape Town, 2015 | © David Lurie

Since the end of apartheid, South Africa’s model metropolis, Cape Town, has made a great leap and is now a tourist destination, a place where ads are shot or the upper class builds their homes. But behind the beautiful façade, unemployment and the struggle for survival dominates as it always has, although it is quickly overlooked.

South African photographer David Lurie spent his early morning hours wandering through the city looking for this "other" Cape Town that we just don't see, and now, in his new series and book, Undercity – The Other Cape Town, he presents a portrait of a vulnerable city. All of these photographs were taken in the early morning hours, when Cape Town is still asleep, delicate and vulnerable.

You can purchase David Lurie – Undercity: The Other Cape Town via Hatje Cantz. Or visit davidlurie.co.uk.

Main image: Free Palestine, Woodstock ('hand' mural by Gaia), Cape Town, 2015 | © David Lurie

Parking lot, Woodstock (mural by DalEast), 2015  Parking lot, Woodstock (mural by DalEast), 2015 | © David Lurie

Parking lot, Woodstock (mural by DalEast), 2015 Parking lot, Woodstock (mural by DalEast), 2015 | © David Lurie

Informal settlement, Philippi, Cape Flats, 2013 | © David Lurie

Informal settlement, Philippi, Cape Flats, 2013 | © David Lurie

Members of the Zion Church of God, Sunday morning, Hout Bay beach, 2014 | © David Lurie

Members of the Zion Church of God, Sunday morning, Hout Bay beach, 2014 | © David Lurie

'Joe Slovo Park', Langa, Cape Flats. 2013  'Joe Slovo Park', Langa, Cape Flats. 2013 | © David Lurie

'Joe Slovo Park', Langa, Cape Flats. 2013 'Joe Slovo Park', Langa, Cape Flats. 2013 | © David Lurie

Homeless, train station precinct, city center, 2014 | © David Lurie

Homeless, train station precinct, city center, 2014 | © David Lurie

Foreshore, city center, 2014 | © David Lurie

Foreshore, city center, 2014 | © David Lurie

“Cape Town Connected”, MyCiti bus stop, Hout Bay, Cape Town. 2016  “Cape Town Connected”, MyCiti bus stop, Hout Bay, Cape Town. 2016 | © David Lurie

“Cape Town Connected”, MyCiti bus stop, Hout Bay, Cape Town. 2016 “Cape Town Connected”, MyCiti bus stop, Hout Bay, Cape Town. 2016 | © David Lurie

Wolwerivier, relocation camp or newly planned township, 2015 | © David Lurie

Wolwerivier, relocation camp or newly planned township, 2015 | © David Lurie

The People Shall Share the Country's Wealth, Khayelitsha, Cape Town (mural by Faith47), 2015 | © David Lurie

The People Shall Share the Country's Wealth, Khayelitsha, Cape Town (mural by Faith47), 2015 | © David Lurie