From the publisher:
“ was published in 1982 as one of the earlier photobooks made in South Africa. David Goldblatt, himself from a white background and a critical observer of the dynamics inherent in the racist set-up of his native country, had become interested in capturing the “wholly uneventful flow of commonplace, orderly life” of the white population around him.
"Boksburg, a legally white-only town on the eastern periphery of Johannesburg which was heavily dependent on black labor, seemed to fit best his purposes, and between 1979 and 1980 he recorded everyday scenes in the streets, shops, clubs, churches, the municipality, homes, gardens and cemetery, choosing a fly-on-the-wall approach.”
The text was originally commissioned for Optima magazine before it was rejected. The Steidl edition includes additional photographs as well as an essay by Sean O’Toole.
25 x 26 cm | 104 pages | hardcover
One of South Africa’s most important documentary photographers, David Goldblatt (1930 - 2018) spent his career highlighting the fraught political climate of South Africa and its effects on the country’s landscape and people.