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

Photograph
02/02/1984 (photographed)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
gelatin silver print
Brief Description
'Pulling out of Pretoria: the 7:00 p.m. bus from Marabastad to Waterval in KwaNdebele', gelatin silver print by David Goldblatt, 1984.
Physical Description
A black and white photograph of people travelling by bus at night.
Dimensions
  • Image height: 270mm
  • Image width: 270mm
  • Sheet height: 303mm
  • Sheet width: 303mm
Style
Marks and Inscriptions
  • Copyright by David Goldblatt Box 1464, Johannesburg, South Africa (artist's studio and copyright wetstamp, centre verso)
  • titled, dated, signed (pencil, centre verso)
  • various annotations (pencil verso)
Subjects depicted
Place Depicted
Summary
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.
Bibliographic Reference
Goldblatt, David. The Transported of Kwandebele. A South African Odyssey. New York: Aperture, 1989. Illustrated p. 41.
Collection
Accession Number
PH.66-1987

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record createdJanuary 31, 2007
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