David Goldblatt Gang on surface work, Rustenburg Platinum Mine, Rustenburg 1971

  • Not on view

Goldblatt grew up in a South African town shaped by the gold mining industry. He turned his camera toward the people and structures of mines when they began to decline in the early 1970s. Whereas Ernest Cole depicted the lived experience of Black people under apartheid, Goldblatt focused on apartheid’s built environment. “Embedded in the bricks, mud, stone, steel, and concrete of all the structures in South Africa are choices we and our forebears have taken,” he wrote. In 2010 Goldblatt was instrumental in shining a light on Cole’s archive of negatives and prints, which had been assumed lost.

Gallery label from 2023
Gelatin silver print
9 11/16 × 9 5/8" (24.7 × 24.6 cm)
The Family of Man Fund
Object number
© 2024 David Goldblatt

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