South Africa has a complex identity forged from the realms of ancient histories, colonialism, apartheid and a new democracy. This selection
of photographs, from a larger body of work, reflects their presence. The photographs are equally a factual record of rural and urban terrain on the
Highveld and Cape and personal memo. In particular they document landscape and related human activities. Social, cultural and political signs are intrinsic; but are a priori theoretical and anthropological by-product.
The photographs in 2016 are situated within the milieu of a countrywide local election campaign whereas in 2017 President Zuma is in the public spotlight.
The landscape is a focus in David Goldblatt’s colour photography project Intersections, pictures taken between 1999 and 2005. In an interview with Mark Haworth-Booth on the project Goldblatt provides insight into how he is looking at the land, he explains: ‘Primary is the land, its division, possession, use, misuse. How we have shaped it and how it has shaped us’. 1
As a matter of course these are similar and logical aspirations within this body of work although inevitably different in nature and vision.
1. Interview with David Golblatt by Mark Haworth-Booth, London/Johannesburg, April 2005, David Goldblatt, Intersections, Prestel Verlag, 2005, P.99