“Sometimes I make money one day of the week” is a photo book by Lisa King published by Fourthwall Books in Johannesburg. It includes an essay by Sean Christie and was published in 2015.
Until its recent digitization, the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) was one of the last remaining manual, call-over stock exchanges organization in the world. It was a contradictory and anachronistic place in which, each day for forty-five minutes, twenty traders haggled across wooden desks, dealing mainly in agricultural and mineral commodities. Although the ZSE seemed to have been left behind by the rest of the world, some argue that its traders are the unsung heroes of the Zimbabwean economy and can be credited with keeping things afloat during the extraordinary years of hyperinflation.
Lisa King photographed at the ZSE from 2011 to 2014. Her project is a reflection of the physical and symbolic space that it occupied in Zimbabwe and a portrait of the people who participated in its rare form of exchange. Her photographs and Sean Christie’s incisive essay suggests the rise and fall of the stock exchange are indicative of the transformations in the country’s sociopolitical landscape, and of the resourcefulness and resilience of the traders and Zimbabweans in general.
Lisa King was born in Harare, Zimbabwe, in 1980. She graduated from the University of Cape Town with a BA in Film, Visual, and Media Studies and has worked as an art director and picture editor before moving into full-time photographic practice. In 2013, the independent British publisher, Oodee, included her project Ghanzi in their POV series. She is currently completing her MA at the Wits School of Arts at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. Sometimes I make money one day of the week was named Juror’s Pick in the 2014 Daylight Photo Awards.
Sean Christie contributed the essays in the publication. He is Zimbabwe-born and has written for newspapers, journals, books and magazines since 2007, including the Mail & Guardian, African Cities Reader, and Neue Rundschau. He was awarded the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa Fellowship in Foreign Policy in 2011, and his work has been recognized with the Thelma Tyfield Prize for Fiction (2001) and the Caxton Press Writer of the Year Award (2010). Christie was the winner of the 2014 CNN African Journalist of the Year Awards. He lives in Cape Town.
Photo excerpts from the book.