David Goldblatt’s edition for Modern Art Oxford was produced to accompany his 2003 exhibition Fifty-One Years, which documented the social, personal and political upheavals in the history of South Africa from the 1950’s to the present day through photography and film.
This large-scale photograph is typical of Goldblatt’s celebrated style. The work is one of the ‘Boksburg’ series that documents the characters and luminaries of the South African mining province of that name, and were taken across a two-year period between 1979-1980. The ‘Boksburg’ series looked at the margins and suburbs of the town, where apartheid enforced rules that black people were allowed into ‘white-only’ areas to travel on special occasions with a permit.
Goldblattt said of Boksburg, ‘It held me. Literally for days on end, I stood riveted to street corners, parking lots and sidewalks. I was completely engaged by what I saw and tried to penetrate and hold with the camera, of the wholly uneventful flow of commonplace, orderly life.’
A limited edition of 100 prints, exclusive to Modern Art Oxford. Numbered verso, signed and dated recto, by the artist. All our editions come with a certificate of authenticity.
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