David Goldblatt / On the Mines

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To celebrate the publication of On the Mines, a new edition of the acclaimed 1973 book by David Goldblatt, Goodman Gallery Johannesburg is to exhibit a selection of works from the book, and is pleased to host the South African launch of the new version published by Steidl of Germany, noted publisher of books on fine art and photography.

Now in an expanded and redesigned version, the volume is true to the format of the first issue, featuring the original essay by Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer, and with the images divided into three chapters, namely The Witwatersrand: a Time and Tailings, Shaftsinking, and Mining Men. Gordimer has added a postscript to her essay, and the book is extensively updated “to expand the view but not to alter the sense of things,” says Goldblatt. The photographer has now added a text of his own in which he reflects on his childhood in Randfontein, as well as the 1973 publication. Goldblatt and Gordimer collaborated to examine the human and political dimensions of mining in South Africa, and the photographs which are the basis of the book cover a period from the mid-sixties onward. There are now thirty one new, previously unpublished, photographs, including colour images, while eleven pictures from the first edition have been removed. This is to be the first of a planned series of collaborations between David Goldblatt and Steidl to publish both reprints and new books on his work.

The exhibition and book launch are of particular significance at this time in the history of South Africa and its mines. The photographer will be present at the opening of the exhibition, to take part in a public conversation on his work with writer Sean O’Toole, and to sign copies of the new book.

David Goldblatt was born in 1930 in Randfontein, South Africa and since the early 1960s 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. In that same year a retrospective exhibition, David Goldblatt: Fifty-One Years, opened in Barcelona, and later travelled to galleries and museums around the world, in New York, Rotterdam, Lisbon, Oxford, Brussels, Munich and Johannesburg. His work was represented at Documenta 11 (2002) and Documenta 12 (2007) in Kassel, Germany. Goldblatt received an Honorary Doctorate of Literature from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2008.
Recent solo exhibitions include those at Marian Goodman Gallery Paris, Goodman Gallery Cape Town and Galeria Elba Benitez in Madrid. His work is currently featured on the exhibition Everything Was Moving: Photography from the 60s and 70s, at the Barbican in London. 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 New York, among many other prestigious museums. Goldblatt is the recipient of the 2006 Hasselblad Award and the 2009 Henri Cartier-Bresson Award, was recently named the 2010 Lucie Award Lifetime Achievement Honoree, and in 2011 received an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute.

For further information on the exhibition and new publication, kindly contact the gallery.

David Goldblatt

  • Mine Policeman's sentry box and demolished lavatory, New Modder, Benoni. August 1966 (4_0376)

    David Goldblatt

    Mine Policeman's sentry box and demolished lavatory, New Modder, Benoni. August 1966 (4_0376), 1966

    Silver gelatin on fibre based paper

  • Hoist driver's controls, number 16 Shaft, Randfontein Estates, Randfontein. 1967 (2_2988)

    David Goldblatt

    Hoist driver's controls, number 16 Shaft, Randfontein Estates, Randfontein. 1967 (2_2988), 1967

    Silver gelatin on fibre based paper

  • David Goldblatt

    "Lashing" shovels retrieved from underground, Central Salvage Yard, Randfontein Estates, Randfontein. (4_0307), 1966

    Silver gelatin on fib...

  • Butch Britz, Master Shaftsinker, No. 4 Shaft, President Steyn Gold Mine, Welkom, 1969 (2_4773)

    David Goldblatt

    Butch Britz, Master Shaftsinker, No. 4 Shaft, President Steyn Gold Mine, Welkom, 1969 (2_4773), 1969

    Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-ba...

  • In the hostel, Western Deep Levels, Carletonville. (2_5999)

    David Goldblatt

    In the hostel, Western Deep Levels, Carletonville. (2_5999), 1970

    Silver gelatin on fibre based paper

    40 x 40cm

    Edition of 1...

  • Novice mineworker from the Transkei, in the Fanakolo school, Hartebeesfontein Gold Mine, Welkom (2_A55)

    David Goldblatt

    Novice mineworker from the Transkei, in the Fanakolo school, Hartebeesfontein Gold Mine, Welkom (2_A55), June 1972

    Silver gelatin photogra...

  • Team leader and mine captain on a pedal car, Rustenburg Platinum Mine, Rustenburg, 1971 (2_7226)

    David Goldblatt

    Team leader and mine captain on a pedal car, Rustenburg Platinum Mine, Rustenburg, 1971 (2_7226), 1971

    Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-...

  • Ore train and amputated headgear, Geduld, Springs. (2_1481)

    David Goldblatt

    Ore train and amputated headgear, Geduld, Springs. (2_1481), July 1965

    Silver gelatin on fibre based paper

    40 x 40cm

    Edition...

  • Winder house, Farrar Shaft, Anglo Mines, Germiston. 1965 (4_154)

    David Goldblatt

    Winder house, Farrar Shaft, Anglo Mines, Germiston. 1965 (4_154), 1965

    Platinum print / Silver gelatin on fibre based paper

    40 x 50...

  • A barber's chair of mining timbers, outside a compound on the Luipaardsvlei Estates, Krugersdorp. (4_143)

    David Goldblatt

    A barber's chair of mining timbers, outside a compound on the Luipaardsvlei Estates, Krugersdorp. (4_143), 1965

    Silver gelatin on fibre ba...

  • Pinups in the remains of a mine worker's bunk. Probably New State Mines, near Springs. (2_1045)

    David Goldblatt

    Pinups in the remains of a mine worker's bunk. Probably New State Mines, near Springs. (2_1045), July 1965

    Silver gelatin on fibre based p...

  • Arranged in two rows, this was number 14 in a group of similar churches for Black mineworkers, Robinson, Randfontein Estates, Randfontein. (4_430)

    David Goldblatt

    Arranged in two rows, this was number 14 in a group of similar churches for Black mineworkers, Robinson, Randfontein Estates, Randfontein. (4_430)

  • A model village built by Black mineworkers outside their compound, Brakpan Mine, Brakpan. (2_2182)

    David Goldblatt

    A model village built by Black mineworkers outside their compound, Brakpan Mine, Brakpan. (2_2182), August 1966

    Silver gelatin on fibre ba...

  • The General Manager's house before demolition, New Kleinfontein, Benoni.  (4_0238)

    David Goldblatt

    The General Manager's house before demolition, New Kleinfontein, Benoni. (4_0238), November 1965

    Silver gelatin on fibre based paper

    ...
  • Bowling green and clubhouse, Crown Mines, Johannesburg. (2_5460)

    David Goldblatt

    Bowling green and clubhouse, Crown Mines, Johannesburg. (2_5460), 1969

    Silver gelatin on fibre based paper

    40 x 40cm / Paper: 44 x ...

  • Banksman's chair, abandoned: after the closure of No. 3 North Shaft, Randfontein Estates, Randfontein. (4_0069)

    David Goldblatt

    Banksman's chair, abandoned: after the closure of No. 3 North Shaft, Randfontein Estates, Randfontein. (4_0069), 1965

    Silver gelatin on fi...

  • Funeral of 58 Basotho shaftsinkers, Buffelsfontein.  (3_E8793)

    David Goldblatt

    Funeral of 58 Basotho shaftsinkers, Buffelsfontein. (3_E8793), November 1969

    Silver gelatin on fibre based paper

    28 x 42cm / Paper...

  • The night shift prepares to go down. (3_E7487)

    David Goldblatt

    The night shift prepares to go down. (3_E7487),

    Silver gelatin on fibre based paper

    52 x 35cm

    Edition of 10

  • In a kibble going down with Master sinker, Butch Britz (right). Pipes and cables in the shaft sides streaking past. Daylight disappearing above. In a moment big doors will cover the top of the shaft to prevent anything falling from the surface onto the men below. ( 3_E7121)

    David Goldblatt

    In a kibble going down with Master sinker, Butch Britz (right). Pipes and cables in the shaft sides streaking past. Daylight disappearing above. In a ...

  • The stage, a six story, 80 ton structure hanging 50 feet above the shaft bottom. On it work the men who line the shaft with concrete and install the pipes and cables that will carry air, water, electricity and signals to the underground workings of the mine. As the shaft deepens so the stage will be lowered and eventually removed. (3_E7107)

    David Goldblatt

    The stage, a six story, 80 ton structure hanging 50 feet above the shaft bottom. On it work the men who line the shaft with concrete and install the p...

  • The sidewall: treacherous shale at this stage. As the shaft deepens, so the stage will be lowered and its crew will line the side wall with concrete, so covering the shale with its tendency to fracture. (3_E7477)

    David Goldblatt

    The sidewall: treacherous shale at this stage. As the shaft deepens, so the stage will be lowered and its crew will line the side wall with concrete, ...

  • As an empty kibble is lowered to the bottom the team pushes it toward a position where it will stand upright on the uneven rock. Men have been crushed under kibbles that tilted over. (3_E4214)

    David Goldblatt

    As an empty kibble is lowered to the bottom the team pushes it toward a position where it will stand upright on the uneven rock. Men have been crushed...

  • Hailed by the team, the cactus grab dumps a load of rock into a kibble. The driver of the grab swings the machine around the confined space of the shaft in seemingly manic abandon as he seeks mouthfuls of rock. The men, lithe and nimble, dodge the grab while helping to feed its digestion in a coming and going of empty and full kibbles. (3_F4423)

    David Goldblatt

    Hailed by the team, the cactus grab dumps a load of rock into a kibble. The driver of the grab swings the machine around the confined space of the sha...

  • David Goldblatt

    The last of the bigger rocks has just been dropped into a kibble. now, with shovels, the team "lashes" (loads) the small stuff into the kibble. (3_E70...

  • David Goldblatt

    Sheltering behind his shovel from a stinging gale of grit as the shaft bottom is "blown over' by a man with a compressed air hose. Before drilling of ...

  • From the shaft bottom, looking up at the stage and a kibble about to pass through it. (3_E7215)

    David Goldblatt

    From the shaft bottom, looking up at the stage and a kibble about to pass through it. (3_E7215),

    Silver gelatin on fibre based paper

    ...
  • On the bank, President Steyn  No.4 shaft, Welkom. June 1969 (2_4761)

    David Goldblatt

    On the bank, President Steyn No.4 shaft, Welkom. June 1969 (2_4761), 1969

    Silver gelatin on fibre based paper

    40 x 40cm

    Edi...

  • Basuto shaftsinkers seeking work, President Steyn No. 4, Welkom. (2_4746)

    David Goldblatt

    Basuto shaftsinkers seeking work, President Steyn No. 4, Welkom. (2_4746), 1969

    Silver gelatin on fibre based paper

    40 x 40cm / 44 ...

  • Brothers: Sinker's Helper and Sinker, President Steyn No. 4, Welkom. (2_4785)

    David Goldblatt

    Brothers: Sinker's Helper and Sinker, President Steyn No. 4, Welkom. (2_4785), 1969

    Silver gelatin on fibre based paper

    40 x 40cm

  • Masotho shaftsinking Machine Man, President Steyn No. 4, welkom. (3_E7573)

    David Goldblatt

    Masotho shaftsinking Machine Man, President Steyn No. 4, welkom. (3_E7573), 1969

    Silver gelatin on fibre based paper

    40 x 28cm

    ...
  • Nurse, Consolidated Main Reef mine hospital, Roodepoort. (3_C5974)

    David Goldblatt

    Nurse, Consolidated Main Reef mine hospital, Roodepoort. (3_C5974), 1966

    Silver gelatin on fibre based paper

    40 x 38cm

    Editi...

  • Mineworkers in their hostel, Western Deep Levels, Carletonville. (2_6042)

    David Goldblatt

    Mineworkers in their hostel, Western Deep Levels, Carletonville. (2_6042), 1970

    Silver gelatin on fibre based paper

    40 x 40cm

    <...
  • Concession store proprietor (seated) and assistant, Rose Deep, Germiston.  (3_C6008)

    David Goldblatt

    Concession store proprietor (seated) and assistant, Rose Deep, Germiston. (3_C6008), October 1966

    Silver gelatin on fibre based paper

  • Greaser, No. 2 North Winder, Randfontein Estates. (2_0670)

    David Goldblatt

    Greaser, No. 2 North Winder, Randfontein Estates. (2_0670), 1965

    Silver gelatin on fibre based paper

    40 x 40cm

    Edition of 10...

  • Mineworkers in their hostel, Western Deep Levels, Carletonville. (2_6053)

    David Goldblatt

    Mineworkers in their hostel, Western Deep Levels, Carletonville. (2_6053), 1970

    Silver gelatin on fibre based paper

    40 x 40cm

    <...
  • Joe Maloney, boiler-house attendant, City Deep Gold Mine, 1966 (2_2846)

    David Goldblatt

    Joe Maloney, boiler-house attendant, City Deep Gold Mine, 1966 (2_2846), 1966

    Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper

    approx...

  • Miner's cottage and slimes dump, New Modder Gold Mine, Benoni, August 1965 (2_1037)

    David Goldblatt

    Miner's cottage and slimes dump, New Modder Gold Mine, Benoni, August 1965 (2_1037), 1965

    Silver gelatin photographs on fibre-based paper<...

  • Underground water has been intersected. Long drills are being used to bore cover holes into the sidewall into which cement will be pumped, to staunch the flow of water. (3_E6822)

    David Goldblatt

    Underground water has been intersected. Long drills are being used to bore cover holes into the sidewall into which cement will be pumped, to staunch ...