Taken at the Scholtz Studio, in South Africa.
Maria was born to a family of inboekselings, which, loosely translated, means those forced into juvenile apprenticeships in agriculture. Her family became prosperous livestock and grain farmers at the turn of the century.
Santu Mofokeng, from “The Black Photo Album / Look at Me: 1890-1950,” 1997.
(Photographer: Scholtz Studio, Lindley. Ouma Maria Letsipa, née van der Merwe, with her daughter Minkie. Orange River Colony, South Africa, c. 1900. Albumen Print.)