The Mirror in the Ground is a book by Nick Shepherd on archaeology and photography in South Africa, designed by me. The book covers a formative period from the 1920s to the 1950s using mainly archival images. It consists of twelve short essays, on topics as diverse as the hidden history of black co-excavators in Africa, to archaeological aesthetics and local histories of looking. The Mirror in the Ground is a project by the Centre for Curating the Archive, in the Series of Visual History and published by Jonathan Ball publishers. The book will be published in May 2015.