Author(s): Ryan Cookson
Tell Them About Me is a photographic series exploring car culture in Soweto and the surrounding areas of Johannesburg, South Africa. In the late-80s, BMW’s E30 models, specifically the 325i, became notorious through its association with criminal culture. These cars – known locally as 'gusheshe' – were often spun in circles both as an expression of skill, and as means of honouring the dead at funerals. By the early-90s, this expression of gangster flamboyance morphed into a motorsport championed by the South African people – and it’s still practised throughout the country today. Inspired by amateur videos of car spinners, Cookson travelled to Johannesburg twice – once in 2016 and again in 2017 – to document the participants of this unique motorsport.