From the publisher:
“Following a series of portraits of his compatriots made in the early 1970s, photographer David Goldblatt, for a very short and intense period of time, naturally turned to focusing on peoples’ particulars and individual body languages ‘as affirmations or embodiments of their selves.’
"In this series we see hands resting on laps, crossed legs, the curved backs of sleepers on a lawn at midday, their fingers and feet relaxed, pausing from their usual occupations. This deeply contemplative work is framed by Ingrid de Kok’s poetry.
"The photographs in were taken beginning in 1975, and the first edition of the book was published by Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, in 2003. Goldblatt has revised for this new Steidl edition.”
34.5 x 36.2 cm | 64 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.