Track Seen From S28 13.051, E 17 07.288
Archival pigment ink on cotton rag paper, Edition of 10
Image size: 98 x 123cm
Paper size: 113 x 133cm
These are two new colour photographs from the renowned photographer, David Goldblatt. They are part of his ongoing exploration of the 'Intersections' between people, value and land in post-apartheid South Africa. A major body of images focuses on the stark landscapes of the Northern Cape.
A book entitled 'Intersections' was published by Prestel in mid- 2005 to coincide with a solo exhibition at the prestigious Kunst Palast in Dusseldorf, Germany. Goldblatt's last book, Particulars, won the award for the best photography book at Rencontres d'Artes festival, France, in September 2004, chosen from more than 250 entries from across the world.
Born in Randfontein in 1930, Goldblatt has been documenting the changing political landscape of South Africa for more than five decades. His retrospective exhibition, David Goldblatt: Fifty-One Years, has been seen in New York, Barcelona, Rotterdam, Lisbon, Oxford, Brussels and Munich, and has finally come to the Johannesburg Art Gallery in 2005.
His photographic essay 'South Africa: the Structure of Things Then', was shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1998, and excerpts from his recent series of colour photographs of Johannesburg were exhibited at Documenta XI in Germany in 2002.
Until the end of the 1990's, however, Goldblatt rarely photographed in colour. It was only after working on a project involving blue asbestos in north-western Australia that his interest in photographing in colour increased. This was coupled with new developments in the field of digital scanning and printing. Only when Goldblatt was able to achieve the same 'depth' in his colour work that he had previously achieved in his black-and-white, photographs, did he choose, to explore this field extensively.
The result is a fascinating blend of Goldblatt's expertise in the field of classic large-format photography combined with the latest techniques offered by high-end scanners and advanced ink-jet papers, producing images redolent of South Africa's light and land.