David Goldblatt / TJ: Some things old, some things new and some much the same

About

Photographer David Goldblatt displayed old and new photographs of Johannesburg in a solo exhibition at Goodman Gallery titled TJ: Some things old, some things new and some much the same. TJ – an obsolete acronym stemming from the South African pre-computerised system of motorcar registrations – stood for “Transvaal, Johannesburg”. These letters, Goldblatt explains, “implied a certain loyalty”. While some of the photographs shown at the Goodman Gallery were taken in what Goldblatt refers to as the “time of TJ”, the title refers to the notion that particular aspects of the city have changed very little since that era and in some cases, worsened. The exhibition ultimately elucidates on these particular aspects of the sprawling city of Johannesburg, which both infuriate and astound the photographer.

“One of the most damaging things that apartheid did to us,” Goldblatt says, “was that it denied us the experience of each other’s lives. Apartheid has succeeded all too well. It might have failed in its fundamental purpose of ruling the country for the next thousand years in that fashion, but it succeeded in dividing us very deeply and it will take a long time to overcome that.” This deep-rooted division is further exacerbated by a continuing social and urban fragmentation. While TJ includes old black and white photographs from an earlier era, new works explore the intricacies of crime, housing and poverty in Joburg.

Much of Goldblatt’s frustration lies in the city’s remarkable oversights, greed and lack of planning. “When we came out of the apartheid regime the Johannesburg municipality was split up and the Gauteng province became responsible for planning in the north-west and they just didn’t plan,” explains Goldblatt. “The result was that to a large degree property developers were at liberty to develop pretty well as they liked.” At the same time exorbitant amounts are spent on stadia and events such as the Miss World competition, while certain areas, such as Diepsloot, remain in dire need of basic facilities such as school libraries and storm water drainage systems. The urban sprawl that the city has become, as well as its often-desperate and baffling conditions, is revealed through aerial shots of the indiscriminately structured northern suburbs and townships, photographs of Zimbabwean refugees sleeping in a congested Methodist church and of the ruins of an amusement park in the foreground of Soccer City – a conflicting icon of growth and prodigality with a budget overrun of R800 million.

In another recent series, Goldblatt has focussed on ex-offenders, inviting them to revisit the scenes of the crimes that led to their incarceration and be photographed there. “I don’t believe that many of them are inherently evil,” says Goldblatt. “They came to their crime for a whole lot of other reasons.” In the 20 plus ex-offenders who he has met, Goldblatt – while admitting that this is only a small sample – has picked up on various factors and patterns that seem to contribute to their criminal behaviour such as domestic dysfunctionality (many, he found, grew up without fathers), and a dire education system. “We have failed a very large number of young black people in this country in regard to their education,” he says. “We had Bantu education under apartheid, and that was a crime against humanity, because it educated deliberately to under-educate. But the education of millions of young black people in post-apartheid has been almost as bad… their ability to mobilise upwards and out of the ranks of the poor is very limited. They’re at a tremendous disadvantage from the start.”

As always Goldblatt’s photographic style is unaffected and direct, reflecting art critic Ken Johnson’s observation that the “effect of Mr. Goldblatt’s understated, antisensational photographs and the spare words that accompany them is cumulative. They build into an infectiously mournful beauty. Even in pictures that seem almost nondescript… Mr. Goldblatt’s compositions have a classical elegance and a reticence that speaks volumes.”

David Goldblatt was born in 1930 in Randfontein, South Africa and since the early 1960s he has devoted all of his time to photography. In 1989 Goldblatt founded the Market Photography Workshop in Johannesburg, with, he explains “the object of teaching visual literacy and photographic skills to young people, with particular emphasis on those disadvantaged by apartheid”. In 1998 he was the first South African to be given a one-person exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York. Goldblatt received an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts at the University of Cape Town in 2001. The same year a retrospective exhibition of his work, David Goldblatt Fifty-One Years, began a tour of galleries and museums in New York, Barcelona, Rotterdam, Lisbon, Oxford, Brussels, Munich and Johannesburg. He was one of the few South African artists to exhibit at Documenta 11 in Kassel, Germany in 2002. He recently held solo exhibitions at the Jewish Museum (which travels to the South African Jewish Museum in October this year) and the New Museum, both in New York and is currently exhibiting alongside photographers such as Walker Evans and Bruce Nauman in The Original Copy: Photography of Sculpture, 1839 to Today at MoMA. Goldblatt’s photographs are in the collections of the South African National Gallery, Cape Town; the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and MoMA. He has published several books of his work. Goldblatt is the recipient of the 2006 Hasselblad award, the 2009 Henri Cartier-Bresson Award and was recently announced the 2010 Lucie Award Lifetime Achievement Honoree.


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David Goldblatt

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    David Goldblatt

    Townhouse development, First Avenue, Hyde Park, 27 April 2009 (4_A0502), 2009

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  • Cafe-de-Move-On, Croesus (4_0043)

    David Goldblatt

    Cafe-de-Move-On, Croesus (4_0043), 1964

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  • Hillbrow, June 1972 (4_2057)

    David Goldblatt

    Hillbrow, June 1972 (4_2057), 1972

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  • The carts of the paper-and-bottle pickers, Doornfontein, April 1974 (4_2229)

    David Goldblatt

    The carts of the paper-and-bottle pickers, Doornfontein, April 1974 (4_2229), 1974

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  • 27 April 2007 (4_A0508)

    David Goldblatt

    27 April 2007 (4_A0508), 2007

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  • Postal officials, Saxonwold Post Office, Baker Square, Rosebank, August 1968 (4_0833)

    David Goldblatt

    Postal officials, Saxonwold Post Office, Baker Square, Rosebank, August 1968 (4_0833), 1968

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  • Area for reception and registration of prisoners, The Fort, Hillbrow, 17 July 1984 (4_3480)

    David Goldblatt

    Area for reception and registration of prisoners, The Fort, Hillbrow, 17 July 1984 (4_3480), 1984

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  • Lavatory at the Indian Fruit Market, Newtown. Kippies Nightclub was modeled on this Edwardian building. May 1975 (4_2269)

    David Goldblatt

    Lavatory at the Indian Fruit Market, Newtown. Kippies Nightclub was modeled on this Edwardian building. May 1975 (4_2269), 1975

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  • The Corner House, Joburg's first skyscraper, headquarters of Rand Mines, On Simmonds, corner Commissioner (4_0091)

    David Goldblatt

    The Corner House, Joburg's first skyscraper, headquarters of Rand Mines, On Simmonds, corner Commissioner (4_0091), 1965

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  • A miner waits on the bank to go underground, City Deep Gold Mine (2_3041)

    David Goldblatt

    A miner waits on the bank to go underground, City Deep Gold Mine (2_3041), 1966

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  • Boiler-house attendant, City Deep Gold Mine (2_2846)

    David Goldblatt

    Boiler-house attendant, City Deep Gold Mine (2_2846), 1966

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  • Concession store interior, Crown Mines, Johannesburg. May 1967 (2_2879)

    David Goldblatt

    Concession store interior, Crown Mines, Johannesburg. May 1967 (2_2879), 1967

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  • Mine captain, City Deep Gold Mine (2_2811)

    David Goldblatt

    Mine captain, City Deep Gold Mine (2_2811), 1966

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  • David Goldblatt

    Call system used by officials at a mine office when they wanted the services of "THE BOY", Consolidated Main Reef Mine, October 1967 (4_0582), 19...

  • Device for reflecting sunlight into the top floor of Anmercosa House, headquarters of the Anglo-American Corporation from 1927 until 1939, Hollard Street, May 1965 (4_0083)

    David Goldblatt

    Device for reflecting sunlight into the top floor of Anmercosa House, headquarters of the Anglo-American Corporation from 1927 until 1939, Hollard Str...

  • Garden and house, Sixth Street, Orange Grove, 16 May 1968 (4_0646)

    David Goldblatt

    Garden and house, Sixth Street, Orange Grove, 16 May 1968 (4_0646), 1968

    Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper

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  • In the home of Lulu and Barn Friedman, Houghton (4_2536)

    David Goldblatt

    In the home of Lulu and Barn Friedman, Houghton (4_2536), 1978

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  • Bathroom, Houghton (4_2541)

    David Goldblatt

    Bathroom, Houghton (4_2541), 1978

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  • SLEGS BLANKES / EUROPEANS ONLY, Derby Road, Lorentzville, December 1973 (4_2168)

    David Goldblatt

    SLEGS BLANKES / EUROPEANS ONLY, Derby Road, Lorentzville, December 1973 (4_2168), 1973

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  • The Johannesburg Hospital and Brenthurst, home of Bridget and Harry Oppenheimer, with Venus Victorieuse (1914), by Pierre-August Renoir, July 1982 (4_2926)

    David Goldblatt

    The Johannesburg Hospital and Brenthurst, home of Bridget and Harry Oppenheimer, with Venus Victorieuse (1914), by Pierre-August Renoir, July 1982 (4_...

  • Man and Woman (1969) by Louis le Sueur, Brenthurst, Parktown, July 1982 (4_2938)

    David Goldblatt

    Man and Woman (1969) by Louis le Sueur, Brenthurst, Parktown, July 1982 (4_2938), 1982

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  • UFO, a sculpture from scrap by Leslie Goldman, Fairwood. Neighbours complained that it devalued their properties and went to court against Goldman, who was eventually compelled to remove his work. May 1975 (4_2283)

    David Goldblatt

    UFO, a sculpture from scrap by Leslie Goldman, Fairwood. Neighbours complained that it devalued their properties and went to court against Goldman, wh...

  • In the dining room of Felicia and Sydney Kentridge, Houghton, 1978 (4_2531)

    David Goldblatt

    In the dining room of Felicia and Sydney Kentridge, Houghton, 1978 (4_2531), 1978

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  • A yacht on Fifth Street, Orange Grove, May 1975 (4_2282)

    David Goldblatt

    A yacht on Fifth Street, Orange Grove, May 1975 (4_2282), 1975

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  • Portrait photographer, Braamfontein, 1955 (3_1535)

    David Goldblatt

    Portrait photographer, Braamfontein, 1955 (3_1535), 1955

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  • In a department store, probably John Orr's on Von Brandis Street, June 1965 (3_B3649)

    David Goldblatt

    In a department store, probably John Orr's on Von Brandis Street, June 1965 (3_B3649), 1965

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  • On Eloff Street, May 1966 (3_C2001)

    David Goldblatt

    On Eloff Street, May 1966 (3_C2001), 1966

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  • A washerwoman from Soweto carrying the week's laundry to a white suburban family, Harrow Road, January 1961 (3_2629)

    David Goldblatt

    A washerwoman from Soweto carrying the week's laundry to a white suburban family, Harrow Road, January 1961 (3_2629), 1961

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  • On Pullinger Kop, November 1963 (3_8852)

    David Goldblatt

    On Pullinger Kop, November 1963 (3_8852), 1963

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  • Holdup in Hillbrow, Johannesburg. November 1963 (3_8834)

    David Goldblatt

    Holdup in Hillbrow, Johannesburg. November 1963 (3_8834), 1963

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  • On Twist Street, Hillbrow, April 1962 (3_4119)

    David Goldblatt

    On Twist Street, Hillbrow, April 1962 (3_4119), 1962

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  • Practice, Hillbrow, June 1964 (3_A3966)

    David Goldblatt

    Practice, Hillbrow, June 1964 (3_A3966), 1964

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  • Migrant mineworkers who had served their contracts on the gold mines and were waiting for a train to take them part-way to their homes in Nyassaland (Malawi), Mayfair railway station, December 1952 (3_1212)

    David Goldblatt

    Migrant mineworkers who had served their contracts on the gold mines and were waiting for a train to take them part-way to their homes in Nyassaland (...

  • Marashees, or Russians, members of a much-feared gang of Basuto migrant workers, at a house they had occupied in Newclare South (3_1018)

    David Goldblatt

    Marashees, or Russians, members of a much-feared gang of Basuto migrant workers, at a house they had occupied in Newclare South (3_1018), 1952

  • Children at the border between Pageview (Fietas) and Mayfair, April 1952 (3_0795)

    David Goldblatt

    Children at the border between Pageview (Fietas) and Mayfair, April 1952 (3_0795), 1952

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  • Nagmaal Wyn (Communion Wine) at a shebeen on Percy Street, Highlands, December 1960 (3_2560)

    David Goldblatt

    Nagmaal Wyn (Communion Wine) at a shebeen on Percy Street, Highlands, December 1960 (3_2560), 1960

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  • Portrait photographer and client, Braamfontein (3_1538, 3_1539)

    David Goldblatt

    Portrait photographer and client, Braamfontein (3_1538, 3_1539), 1955

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  • The city from the south-west, January 1964 (3_9343)

    David Goldblatt

    The city from the south-west, January 1964 (3_9343), 1964

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  • In the Coronation Restaurant, January 1962 (3_3636)

    David Goldblatt

    In the Coronation Restaurant, January 1962 (3_3636), 1962

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  • Coronation Restaurant in the Diagonal Street Fruit Market, January 1962 (3_3694)

    David Goldblatt

    Coronation Restaurant in the Diagonal Street Fruit Market, January 1962 (3_3694), 1962

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  • The Methodist Church (natives), City and Suburban, August 1961 (3_3216)

    David Goldblatt

    The Methodist Church (natives), City and Suburban, August 1961 (3_3216), 1961

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  • Midnight at the Sunday Times works, corner Jeppe and Rissik Streets, waiting to load papers onto loading vans, March 1950 (3_461)

    David Goldblatt

    Midnight at the Sunday Times works, corner Jeppe and Rissik Streets, waiting to load papers onto loading vans, March 1950 (3_461), 1950

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  • On Eloff Street, 1967 (3_D6569)

    David Goldblatt

    On Eloff Street, 1967 (3_D6569), 1967

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  • On Eloff Street, 1967 (3_D6481)

    David Goldblatt

    On Eloff Street, 1967 (3_D6481), 1967

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  • Women on Sauer Street, 1967 (3_D6555)

    David Goldblatt

    Women on Sauer Street, 1967 (3_D6555), 1967

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  • On Eloff Street, 1967 (3_D6456)

    David Goldblatt

    On Eloff Street, 1967 (3_D6456), 1967

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  • On Eloff Street, 1967 (3_D6487)

    David Goldblatt

    On Eloff Street, 1967 (3_D6487), 1967

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  • Homage to Frederico Fellini: while in traffic, 1967 (3_D2697)

    David Goldblatt

    Homage to Frederico Fellini: while in traffic, 1967 (3_D2697), 1967

    Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper

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  • While in traffic (3_D4659)

    David Goldblatt

    While in traffic (3_D4659), 1967

    Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper

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  • Evening exodus from the city. Blacks stream to Westgate station for trains to Soweto; Whites, in their cars, head for the Northern suburbs, Johannesburg

    David Goldblatt

    Evening exodus from the city. Blacks stream to Westgate station for trains to Soweto; Whites, in their cars, head for the Northern suburbs, Johannesbu...

  • Loading Flour, West Street, October 1963 (3_7984)

    David Goldblatt

    Loading Flour, West Street, October 1963 (3_7984), 1963

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  • Roasting yellow mielies, West Street (3_3599)

    David Goldblatt

    Roasting yellow mielies, West Street (3_3599), 1964

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  • Street trader on West Street (3_3605)

    David Goldblatt

    Street trader on West Street (3_3605), 1964

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  • Where Brett Kebble was murdered, Melville, April

    David Goldblatt

    Where Brett Kebble was murdered, Melville, April , 2007

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  • Here, in 2005, Goodman Nhlanhla Hlope smashed a car window with a spark plug to steal a woman's handbag and cellphone. Maraisburg, 18 February 2010 (A_02769)

    David Goldblatt

    Here, in 2005, Goodman Nhlanhla Hlope smashed a car window with a spark plug to steal a woman's handbag and cellphone. Maraisburg, 18 February 2010 (A...

  • Paul Tuge where he hid after shooting a policeman in 2001. 18 February 2010 (A_02794)

    David Goldblatt

    Paul Tuge where he hid after shooting a policeman in 2001. 18 February 2010 (A_02794),

    Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper

  • Robert Molife was born in Soweto in 1979. His mother ran a shebeen, the ‘chilling place’ for the Guncrabs Gang. Robert became used to seeing guns at an early age. In 1992 he was arrested twice for housebreaking
and received two canings. By 1994 he was a fulltime criminal and for the next six years he stole, robbed and shot, though he never raped. He took drugs 365 days per annum. Then in January 2000 he and a friend saw a woman on a sidewalk carrying a laptop. Robert was unarmed but ‘I just put my hand under my T shirt and told her, “You don’t move; I will shoot you”’. They robbed her and were seen by police. Robert ran into this old sanitary lane. He tried to climb over this wall but a recent gunshot wound had weakend him. He was caught and served four of a five year sentence. Released in 2004, he has stopped drugs, embraced Islam and works for a crime prevention initiative. Turfontein. 20 February

    David Goldblatt

    Robert Molife was born in Soweto in 1979. His mother ran a shebeen, the ‘chilling place’ for the Guncrabs Gang. Robert became used to seeing guns ...

  • Hennie Gerber where he tortured and then murdered Samuel Kganakga, Heriotdale, Johannesburg. 14 April 2010 (A_543998)

    David Goldblatt

    Hennie Gerber where he tortured and then murdered Samuel Kganakga, Heriotdale, Johannesburg. 14 April 2010 (A_543998), 2010

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  • Sammy Matsebula was a police officer when, in 1996, he joined in a cash heist here, in Lenasia South, Johannesburg. 14 June 2010 (4_A0647)

    David Goldblatt

    Sammy Matsebula was a police officer when, in 1996, he joined in a cash heist here, in Lenasia South, Johannesburg. 14 June 2010 (4_A0647),

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  • Trevor Mabuela, born in Alexandra Township, Johannesburg, was fourteen years old in 1995, ‘when we got our freedom and were free to go to the suburbs where we weren’t allowed before. We told ourselves that we were going to the parks and swimming pools – we didn’t have pools here – to play, but that’s when we started doing crime’. They went to malls and stole sweets and marbles, ‘those stupid things kids like to play with...We found boys our age playing with bicycles. We grabbed them. We took their bikes and brought them to the location. We became a group of bikers... We started smoking when we started earning money from crime. Then we could afford beers and try to impress the ladies in the taverns... From cigarettes we did zoll, then drugs, then crack. That’s when we became corrupt. We left school. Every time we didn’t have money we did crime.’
Trevor was nineteen when his mother gave him money to get a driver’s license. ‘I took that money and ate it on drink and clothes, things like that.’ He couldn’t go home without the money or the license, so he called on a couple of friends to help him raise funds and they attempted to hijack a woman reversing out of a factory in nearby Kew. His friend screamed at her to open the door and get out. She refused. His friend fired his pistol but didn’t hit her. She drove off and met some police who gave chase. It was 5pm. People were pouring out of factories. His friends disappeared into the busy streets. Trevor was caught. Sent to jail for twenty years for attempted murder, his sentence was reduced to ten years on appeal and he served five. His friends, never caught, have started families and businesses. Aged 28, Trevor hopes to complete his schooling and get a job. (4_A0541)

    David Goldblatt

    Trevor Mabuela, born in Alexandra Township, Johannesburg, was fourteen years old in 1995, ‘when we got our freedom and were free to go to the suburb...

  • Osmond Thembu, known as MTK, was born in Balfour, Mpumalanga in 1975. He never knew his father, seldom saw his mother who was a domestic worker in Pretoria, and was brought up by his grandmother and an uncle. Shortly after coming to Johannesburg at the age of 16 he went to stay with an uncle in Alexandra Township. He started living a ‘very fast lifestyle’ with friends who carried guns and did crime. ‘Beer was cheap, drugs were cheaper.’ In the suburbs they robbed, burgled and hijacked. Thembu liked housebreaking but not hijacking. In the township they indulged in extortion. One day a friend came by to show him a revolver he had acquired. They were standing here, outside Thembu’s shack when Thembu accidentally fired a shot that killed his friend. He was charged with culpable homicide and for possession of an unlicensed firearm. Sentenced to fourteen years imprisonment, he served seven. While inside he studied and did courses offered by Khulisa to ‘Silence the Violence’, manage anger and in AIDS awareness. He takes employment wherever he can and is concerned that his son, born in 1998, has grown without ‘a father’s love’. Alexandra Township, Johannesburg. 
12 February (4_A0588)

    David Goldblatt

    Osmond Thembu, known as MTK, was born in Balfour, Mpumalanga in 1975. He never knew his father, seldom saw his mother who was a domestic worker in Pre...

  • Errol Seboledisho where he was arrested for shoplifting in 2002. Protea Glen, Soweto, 13 February 2010 (4_A0592)

    David Goldblatt

    Errol Seboledisho where he was arrested for shoplifting in 2002. Protea Glen, Soweto, 13 February 2010 (4_A0592),

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  • Born in Soweto in 1979, Mandla Khoza stole and robbed from age seventeen. In 2004, here in this former coal yard, he struggled with a policeman over possession of a pistol that Khoza had stolen and was trying to throw away. Sentenced to eight years for attempted murder, he served three years nine months. He has now started a construction business with a friend. At the time of this photograph they had no work and few tools. Rockville, Soweto. 13 October

    David Goldblatt

    Born in Soweto in 1979, Mandla Khoza stole and robbed from age seventeen. In 2004, here in this former coal yard, he struggled with a policeman over p...

  • Alexandra Township (4_2239)

    David Goldblatt

    Alexandra Township (4_2239), 1974

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  • Coffee cart, Soweto (3_A7053)

    David Goldblatt

    Coffee cart, Soweto (3_A7053), 1964

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  • Arriving family, King George Street, Johannesburg. Circa 1955 (3_1358)

    David Goldblatt

    Arriving family, King George Street, Johannesburg. Circa 1955 (3_1358), 1955

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  • Shebeen, Highlands, Johannesburg. May/June 1961 (3_2941)

    David Goldblatt

    Shebeen, Highlands, Johannesburg. May/June 1961 (3_2941), 1961

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  • A family picnic in the north-west, 15 August 2009 (A_0176)

    David Goldblatt

    A family picnic in the north-west, 15 August 2009 (A_0176), 2009

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  • The Women's Hostel, Alexandra Township, 26 June 2009 (A_0109)

    David Goldblatt

    The Women's Hostel, Alexandra Township, 26 June 2009 (A_0109), 2009

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  • Cosmo City. 14 August

    David Goldblatt

    Cosmo City. 14 August, 2009

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  • The Maponya Mall, Soweto, 11 November 2009. A0002494

    David Goldblatt

    The Maponya Mall, Soweto, 11 November 2009. A0002494, 2009

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  • The ruins of Shareworld and FNB Soccer City Stadium. Shareworld, intended as a theme-park to the people of Soweto, was built and went bankrupt in the late 1980s. 6 June 2009

    David Goldblatt

    The ruins of Shareworld and FNB Soccer City Stadium. Shareworld, intended as a theme-park to the people of Soweto, was built and went bankrupt in the ...