Book title: TJ. Johannesburg Photographs 1948-2010
Author: David Goldblatt
Publisher: Random House Struik
Cape Town, South Africa 2011
ISBN 9781415201312 / ISBN 978-1-4152-0131-2
Softcover, 28x27 cm, 320 pages, throughout b/w-photographs
Johannesburg is a fragmented city. It is not a place of smoothly integrated parts. And it has a name that does not roll easily off the tongue.’ So begins David Goldblatt’s introduction to TJ, a book of photographs of Johannesburg: the City of Gold, Chowburg, eGoli, Jozi, Goutini, Duiwel’s Dorp. Commencing in the 1950s, his masterful lens probes, documents and comments on life over six decades in this incomparable African city. Selected form a massive body of work, this superb distillation presents a unique pictorial history of the city.
Almost all of Goldblatt’s photographs have different layers of interpretation through which the viewers, according to their experience and previous knowledge, unravel a tale. Indeed, behind each one of Goldblatt’s images there are several stories, most of them related to vital questions, which affect in a direct or tangential way the values by which the country (South Africa) moved and moves. Throughout his career, Goldblatt has been searching for a photograph that would discover, probe, reveal or clarify some of these values.
1950s + 60s
City + Suburbs