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Photograph - Meeting of the worker-management liaison committee of the Colgate-Palmolive company, Boksburg
  • Meeting of the worker-management liaison committee of the Colgate-Palmolive company, Boksburg
    Goldblatt, David, born 1930 - died 2018
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Meeting of the worker-management liaison committee of the Colgate-Palmolive company, Boksburg

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    South Africa (photographed)

  • Date:

    1980 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Goldblatt, David, born 1930 - died 2018 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    gelatin silver print

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of David Goldblatt, 1987

  • Museum number:

    E.83-1992

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case A4, shelf EDUC, box 14.1


David Goldblatt has photographed the changing political landscape of his native South Africa for over five decades. His documentation of the country throughout the period of Apartheid and its aftermath has established him as the ‘father of South African documentary photography’. However, Goldblatt himself resists being labelled as such. His photographs carefully observe the social, cultural and economic divides that characterise the country and include the series and publications ‘On the Mines’ (1973) ‘Some Afrikaners Photographed’ (1975) ‘Lifetimes under Apartheid’ (1986) ‘The Transported of KwaNdebele’ (1989) and ‘South Africa: the Structure of Things Then’ (1998). In 1989, Goldblatt founded The Market Photography Workshop in Johannesburg. Its aim was to teach visual literacy and photographic skills to young people, particularly those affected by apartheid.

Boksburg is a town in the eastern sprawl of the greater Johannesburg area. From 1979-80, Goldblatt photographed the town and its inhabitants in order to examine life in what he describes as a typical ‘small-town, middle-class, white community’. Goldblatt’s photographs capture everyday scenes and social rituals in a segregated society, a society he describes as being ‘shaped by white dreams and white proprieties’.

Physical description

A black and white photograph depicting a meeting. The photograph focusses on two men at a conference table, a white man on the right wearing coat and tie seems to explain something while a black man on the left is listening with his arms crossed.

Place of Origin

South Africa (photographed)

Date

1980 (photographed)

Artist/maker

Goldblatt, David, born 1930 - died 2018 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

gelatin silver print

Marks and inscriptions

Copyright by David Goldblatt Box 1464, Johannesburg, South Africa
artist's studio and copyright wetstamp, centre verso

titled, dated 1980, signe
pencil, bottom and right centre verso

various annotations
pencil verso

Dimensions

Height: 26.8 cm image, Width: 26.8 cm image, Height: 30.3 cm sheet, Width: 30.3 cm sheet

Descriptive line

'Meeting of the worker-management liaison committee of the Colgate-Palmolive Company, Boksburg', gelatin silver print by David Goldblatt, 1980.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Goldblatt, David. In Boksburg. New York: Errata Editions, 2010. Illustrated plate 10.
Goldblatt, David. In Boksburg. Cape Town: The Gallery Press, 1982. Illustrated plate 10.

Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

Gelatin silver process

Subjects depicted

Meetings; Labour unions; Workers; Apartheid; Managers

Categories

Africa; Photographs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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