On June 16th, after meetings at the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson in Paris, the jury of the HCB Award 2009 has nominated the South African photographer David Goldblatt as the winner, for his project “TJ”, work in progress about the city of Johannesburg. He then showed his work at the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, from January 12 to April 17, 2011, through his exhibition ; “TJ, 1948-2010”.
” This much is all we have : shadows gathering, fugitive grace, and the deep body as our penumbral space.”
Ingrid de Kok
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.” Goldblatt’s affinity was no accident: Working at his father’s men’s outfitting store in the 1950s, his awareness of posture, gesture and proportion—technical as it was—formed early and would accompany him throughout his life.
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 Particulars were taken beginning in 1975, and the first edition of the book was published by Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, in 2003. Goldblatt has revised Particulars for this new Steidl edition.
– David Goldblatt
– Quotes by Ingrid de Kok
34.5 x 36,2 cm
Disponible en version anglaise uniquement / Available in English only
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