David Goldblatt, ‘Child Minder. Joubert Park, Johannesburg’ 1975, printed 2013
David Goldblatt, Child Minder. Joubert Park, Johannesburg 1975, printed 2013 . Tate . © David Goldblatt

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The destruction of District Six under the Group Areas Act. Cape Town, Cape. 5 May 1982

David Goldblatt, The destruction of District Six under the Group Areas Act. Cape Town, Cape. 5 May 1982  1982

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Child Minder. Joubert Park, Johannesburg

David Goldblatt, Child Minder. Joubert Park, Johannesburg  1975, printed 2013

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Couple on a Sunday Afternoon. Zoo Lake, Johannesburg

David Goldblatt, Couple on a Sunday Afternoon. Zoo Lake, Johannesburg  1975, printed 2013

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The place to which the government wanted the people of Oukasie to move. Letlhabile Removal Camp, Transvaal. 30 November 1986

David Goldblatt, The place to which the government wanted the people of Oukasie to move. Letlhabile Removal Camp, Transvaal. 30 November 1986  1986

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Blanketed Man at the Trading Store. Hobeni, Bomvanaland, Transkei

David Goldblatt, Blanketed Man at the Trading Store. Hobeni, Bomvanaland, Transkei  1975, printed 2013

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Woman on a Bench, Joubert Park, Johannesburg

David Goldblatt, Woman on a Bench, Joubert Park, Johannesburg  1975, printed 2001

Woman on a Bench, Joubert Park, Johannesburg 1975 is from David Goldblatt’s Particulars series, which consists of twenty-seven black and white photographs of bodily details taken in the artist’s native South Africa. In this image an anonymous woman in a knee-length skirt, cardigan and white sandals, sits on a park bench, her legs awkwardly crossed, her wedding ring barely visible under tightly clenched hands. As is routine in this series, the sitter’s head is cropped out of the frame, as Goldblatt hones in on a detail of their body, a voluptuous thigh, gnarled hand or particular pose. Despite the tight framing and simple factual titles, the details present in each image go some way towards suggesting the race, class and personal circumstances of the subjects, as well as the time and place in which the photographs were taken.

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Man Sleeping. Joubert Park, Johannesburg

David Goldblatt, Man Sleeping. Joubert Park, Johannesburg  1975, printed 2013

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Woman Resting on her Way to Work. De Villiers Street Park, Johannesburg

David Goldblatt, Woman Resting on her Way to Work. De Villiers Street Park, Johannesburg  1975, printed 2013

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Dutch Reformed Church, inaugurated on 31 July 1966. Op-die-Berg, Koue Bokkeveld, Cape. 23 May 1987

David Goldblatt, Dutch Reformed Church, inaugurated on 31 July 1966. Op-die-Berg, Koue Bokkeveld, Cape. 23 May 1987  1987

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Stairway to a storeroom, probably made by slaves in 1781. Meerlust wine farm, near Stellenbosch, Cape. 24 November 1990

David Goldblatt, Stairway to a storeroom, probably made by slaves in 1781. Meerlust wine farm, near Stellenbosch, Cape. 24 November 1990  1990

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House near Phuthaditjhaba. Qwa Qwa. 1 May 1989

David Goldblatt, House near Phuthaditjhaba. Qwa Qwa. 1 May 1989  1989

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Die Heldeakker, The Heroes’ Acre: cemetery for White members of the security forces killed in ‘The Total Onslaught’. Ventersdorp, Transvaal. 1 November 1986

David Goldblatt, Die Heldeakker, The Heroes’ Acre: cemetery for White members of the security forces killed in ‘The Total Onslaught’. Ventersdorp, Transvaal. 1 November 1986  1986

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David Goldblatt, Café-de-Move-On, Croesus, Johannesburg  1964

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David Goldblatt, The Apostolic Multiracial Church in Zion of South Africa, Crossroads, Cape Town, 11 October 1984  1984

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David Goldblatt, On the beach, Strand, Cape  1987

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David Goldblatt, Mother and Child in their home after the destruction of its shelter by Officials of the Western Cape Development Board, Crossroads, Cape Town, 11 October 1984  1984

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David Goldblatt, 8.45 p.m. on the 7 p.m. Marabastad-Waterval bus; 45 minutes still to go  1984

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David Goldblatt, Buying weekly bus tickets for transport between ‘Homelands’ (ie Bophuthatswana & KwaNdeble) and Pretoria  1984

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David Goldblatt, Gereformeerde Kerk. Edenvale. Transvaal, 28 December 1983  1983

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David Goldblatt, ’+/- 5.45 a.m.: After arrival at Marabastad from KwaNdebele and Bophuthatswana: commuters queue for onward connections to workplaces  1983

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David Goldblatt, ’+/- 2.45 a.m.: First bus of the day pulls in at Mathysloop. Bus will reach terminus in Marabastad at 5.15 a.m.  1984

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David Goldblatt, ’+/- 2.30 a.m.: Wolwekraal-Marabastad bus. 3 Hours still to go; first passengers of the day.  1983

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The destruction of District Six under the Group Areas Act. Cape Town, Cape. 5 May 1982
David Goldblatt The destruction of District Six under the Group Areas Act. Cape Town, Cape. 5 May 1982 1982
Child Minder. Joubert Park, Johannesburg
David Goldblatt Child Minder. Joubert Park, Johannesburg 1975, printed 2013
Couple on a Sunday Afternoon. Zoo Lake, Johannesburg
David Goldblatt Couple on a Sunday Afternoon. Zoo Lake, Johannesburg 1975, printed 2013
The place to which the government wanted the people of Oukasie to move. Letlhabile Removal Camp, Transvaal. 30 November 1986
David Goldblatt The place to which the government wanted the people of Oukasie to move. Letlhabile Removal Camp, Transvaal. 30 November 1986 1986
Blanketed Man at the Trading Store. Hobeni, Bomvanaland, Transkei
David Goldblatt Blanketed Man at the Trading Store. Hobeni, Bomvanaland, Transkei 1975, printed 2013
Woman on a Bench, Joubert Park, Johannesburg
David Goldblatt Woman on a Bench, Joubert Park, Johannesburg 1975, printed 2001

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