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South African Culturalisms

Our nation, previously divided, and currently obsessed with counting the wounds of the past, has unique cultural values, some endearing, others less so. Here is an excerpt from the Goodman Gallery.

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South African photographers Peter Magubane and the late David Goldblatt – photographic counterparts born into the same era, show different views of same South Africa.

Photograph by David Goldblatt. Saturday morning at the Hypermarket: Semi-final of the Miss Lovely Legs Competition. 28 June 1980 (2_29513_15), 1980. Carbon ink on Hahnmemuhle 315 gsm. Edition of 10.

 

Photograph by David Goldblatt. Saturday morning at the Hypermarket: Semi-final of the Miss Lovely Legs Competition. 28 June 1980 (2_29513_15), 1980. Carbon ink on Hahnmemuhle 315 gsm. Edition of 10.

 

Photograph by David Goldblatt. Two men building a dam on the farm Drogedal, or Droedal, in the Marico Bushveld, near Nietverdiend, Transvaal (3_A9911), 1964. Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper. Edition of 10.

 

Photograph by David Goldblatt. Picnic at Hartebeespoort Dam on New Year’s Day, Transvaal (North-West Province) (3_A9992), 1964. Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper. Paper: 48x33cm. Image: 45x30cm. Frame: 62x47cm. Edition of 2.

 

Photograph by Peter Magubane. Xhosa initiates (Abakhweta) leave their initiation shelter. They set fire to their initiation shelter, walk away and never look back, thus turning their backs on their childhood and becoming men. Year unknown. Digital print on archival cotton rag paper. STD 1/10.

 

Photograph by Peter Magubane. Young coal yard worker, known as ‘Coal Boys’, Soweto. c 1980. Silver gelatin print. Work: 29.5×45.5cm. Frame: 47×63.5cm. STD 1/10.

 

 

Photograph by Peter Magubane. Stretching into the distance are the coffins of the people massacred in Sharpeville, 21 March 1960. Silver geltain print. Work: 29x45cm, Frame: 47x63cm. STD 1/10.

 

Photograph by Peter Magubane. Fighting bullets with stones. This young man was shot dead soon after this photograph was taken, Alexandra Township, 1976. Silver gelatin print. Work: 47×70.5cm. Frame 68×91.5cm. STD 1/10.

 

Photograph by Peter Magubane. Abandoned children in an orphanage in Soweto. Year unknown. Silver gelatin print. Work: 29.5x43cm. Frame: 47×60.5cm. STD 1/10.

 

Photograph by David Goldblatt. Margaret Maroney: sentenced to R100 or 50 days’ imprisonment, suspended for three years for living in this flat in a White Group Area, Orion Court, Bree Street, Johannesburg (2_30138), Dec 1981. Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper. Paper: 33x33cm, Image: 30x30cm, Frame: 46x46cm. Edition of 10.

 

 

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