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Pulling out of Pretoria: the 7:00 p.m. bus from Marabastad to Waterval in KwaNdebele

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    South Africa (photographed)

  • Date:

    02/02/1984 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Goldblatt, David, born 1930 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    gelatin silver print

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Growing up in a small town outside Johannesburg, Goldblatt witnessed the harsh realities of South African life. His photographs explore this reality, intimately examining its complexities and contradictions. This image captures workers in the first fifteen minutes of their four-hour journey back to KwaNdebele, the 'homeland' to which many black South Africans were forcibly moved. They made this journey morning and evening, a total of eight hours travelling for a day's work.

Physical description

A black and white photograph of people travelling by bus at night.

Place of Origin

South Africa (photographed)


02/02/1984 (photographed)


Goldblatt, David, born 1930 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

gelatin silver print

Marks and inscriptions

Copyright by David Goldblatt Box 1464, Johannesburg, South Africa
titled, dated, signed
various annotations


Height: 22.2 cm image, Width: 32.1 cm image, Height: 27.7 cm sheet, Width: 35.4 cm sheet

Descriptive line

'Pulling out of Pretoria: the 7:00 p.m. bus from Marabastad to Waterval in KwaNdebele', gelatin silver print by David Goldblatt, 1984.


Photographic paper


Gelatin silver process

Subjects depicted

KwaNdebele; Apartheid; Buses


Photographs; Africa


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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