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Photograph - Hypermarket employee collecting trolleys, Boksburg
  • Hypermarket employee collecting trolleys, Boksburg
    Goldblatt, David, born 1930 - died 2018
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Hypermarket employee collecting trolleys, Boksburg

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    South Africa (photographed)

  • Date:

    1979 (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:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 935, box K

This photograph is part of a project documenting Boksburg and its suburbs, which Goldblatt called ‘a microcosm of white South Africa’. The only nonwhite person in this busy parking lot is the man collecting shopping trolleys. Although employed in a white suburb, he was not permitted to live there. He would have had to ride a bus to and from a black township and most likely would not have been able to afford a car of his own.

Physical description

A black and white photograph of a man collecting trolleys on a parking lot in front of a supermarket. The parking lot is packed with cars. Above the entrance of the supermarket in the background a sign reads 'Pick 'n Pay' in bold letters.

Place of Origin

South Africa (photographed)


1979 (photographed)


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 1979, signed
pencil, bottom and lower centre verso

various annotations
pencil verso


Height: 26.7 cm image, Width: 26.8 cm image, Height: 30.2 cm sheet, Width: 30.2 cm sheet

Descriptive line

Photograph by David Goldblatt, 'Hypermarket employee collecting trolleys, Boksburg', 1979, gelatin silver print

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

Goldblatt, David. In Boksburg. New York: Errata Editions, 2010.

Production Note

Title as appears on verso.


Photographic paper


Gelatin silver process

Subjects depicted

Parking lots; Supermarkets; Apartheid


Photographs; Africa


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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