David Goldblatt – TJ
Johannesburg Photographs 1948 - 2010
David Goldblatt and Ivan Vladislavic finally together to describe Johannesburg, a difficult metropolis scarred by the consequences of apartheid and symbol of contemporary South Africa.
Johannesburg is a fragmented city. It is not a place of smoothly integrated parts. And it has a name that does not roll easily off the tongue. Unsurprisingly, the people of its fragments, which are severely divided by class, culture and, in particular, by race, have their own names, nicknames, elisions, diminutives and linguistic transliterations for the place. Some of these names are carried into this book.
This is how David Goldblatt opens his book of images, shot over forty years. TJ – former initials of the city's car plates – is not only a photobook. The volume is a special edition: a slipcase including Ivan Vladislavic's Italian debut, Double Negative. A novel on Johannesburg's fragmentation. The result is an exceptional dialogue where images and words alternate: on one hand Goldblatt's unique and committed research and on the other Vladislavic's narrative fiction. TJ will accompany the homonymous exhibition that will open in Paris, at the Fondation Cartier-Bresson, in January 2011.
David Goldblatt has been shooting since 1963. Through his images he has carried out one of the most accurate analyses of the changes in Southafrican society, before and after apartheid. His work has been shown in the world's most important museums and is part of some of the most important collections. He has published sixteen photobooks, Goldblatt has received many awards among which, the Camera Austria Prize (1995), the Arles Book Prize (2004), the Hasselblad Award (2006) and the Grand Prix International Henri Cartier-Bresson (2009).
Ivan Vladislavic is one of South Africa's most prominent writers. Among his novels The Folly, The Restless Supermarket and The Exploded View. He has edited and curated a number of art and architecture books. In 2010, Vladislavic's first short novels have been collected and republished in Flashback Hotel. He has received numerous and important awards such as the Sunday Times Fiction Prize, the University of Johannesburg Prize, the award for best literary essay, the Sunday Times Alan Paton Award.