David Goldblatt / On the Mines / 2012

David Goldblatt / On the Mines / 2012
25 October - 21 December 2012
Installation View
David Goldblatt
In a kibble going down with Master sinker, Butch Britz (right). Pipes and cables in the shaft sides streaking past. Daylight disappearing above. In a moment big doors will cover the top of the shaft to prevent anything falling from the surface onto the men below. ( 3_E7121), June 1969
Silver gelatin on fibre based paper
F:70 x 53cm P:52 x 35cm
David Goldblatt
Brothers: Sinker's Helper and Sinker, President Steyn No. 4, Welkom. (2_4785), 1969
Silver gelatin print on fibre-based paper
F:59 x 59.5cm P: 44 x 44cm
David Goldblatt
Hailed by the team, the cactus grab dumps a load of rock into a kibble. The driver of the grab swings the machine around the confined space of the shaft in seemingly manic abandon as he seeks mouthfuls of rock. The men, lithe and nimble, dodge the grab while helping to feed its digestion in a coming and going of empty and full kibbles. (3_F4423), 1969
Silver gelatin on fibre based paper
P:56 x 38cm
David Goldblatt
Shaftsinking: the cactus grab has dumped the last load of big rocks into the kibble, now the men clear the smaller rocks from the bottom, loading the kibble with shovels. President Steyn No. 4 Shaft, Welkom, Orange Free State (3_E7083), June 1969
Silver Gelatin on fibre based paper
F:70 x 53cm P:52 x 35cm
David Goldblatt
Basuto shaftsinkers seeking work, President Steyn No. 4, Welkom. (2_4746), 1969
Silver gelatin print on fibre-based paper
F:59 x 59.5cm P:44 x 43.5 cm
David Goldblatt
Nurse, Consolidated Main Reef mine hospital, Roodepoort. (3_C5974), 1966
Silver gelatin print on fibre-based paper
F:59 x 46.5cm P:44 x 31cm
David Goldblatt
Shaftsinking: air and water hoses have been lowered to the bottom and are being connected to drill the blast holes. President Steyn No. 4 Shaft, Welkom, Orange Free State (3_E9019), January 1970
Platinum print on Arches Platine 310gm
: 45.9 x 30.3 cm
David Goldblatt
Team leader (left) and mine captain (right) on a pedal car, Rustenburg Platinum Mine, Rustenburg, 1971 (2_7226), 1971
Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper
Work: 39.5 x 40 cm
David Goldblatt
As an empty kibble is lowered to the bottom the team pushes it toward a position where it will stand upright on the uneven rock. Men have been crushed under kibbles that tilted over. (3_E4214), 1968
Silver gelatin print on fibre-based paper
Frame: 70 x 53 cm Paper: 53.5 x 37 cm
David Goldblatt
A miner waits on the bank to go underground, City Deep Gold Mine, 1966 (2_3041), 1966
Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper
Paper: 44 x 43.5 cm
David Goldblatt
Mineworkers in their hostel, Western Deep Levels, Carletonville. (2_6053), 1970
Silver gelatin on fibre based paper
P:44 x 43.5cm
David Goldblatt
The sidewall: treacherous shale at this stage. As the shaft deepens, so the stage will be lowered and its crew will line the side wall with concrete, so covering the shale with its tendency to fracture. (3_E7477), 1969
Silver gelatin on fibre based paper
52 x 35cm
David Goldblatt
Miner's cottage and slimes dam, New Modder Gold Mine, Benoni, August 1965 (2_1037), 1965
Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper
40 x 40cm
David Goldblatt
Banksman and shaftsinker, President Steyn, No. 4 shaft. Welkom (2_24757), 1969/70
Silver gelatin print on fibre-based paper
F:59 x 59.5cm P:44 x 44cm
David Goldblatt
Water has been intersected at the shaft bottom: the team drills deep cover holes into which cement grout will be pumped to staunch the flow. President Steyn No.4 Shaft, Welkom, Orange Free State (3_E6822), 1969 / 1970
Silver gelatin print on fibre-based paper
F:76 x 101.5cm P:52 x 78cm
David Goldblatt
While the stage is being lowered to a new position, the shaftsinking team cluster below in the centre of the shaft bottom. There they should escape any rock dislodged from the sidewall by the movement of the stage. President Stein No. 4 Shaft, Welkom, Orange Free State (3_E7415), June 1969
Silver gelatin print on fibre-based paper
Work: 56 x 38 cm
David Goldblatt
Sheltering behind his shovel from a stinging gale of grit as the shaft bottom is "blown over' by a man with a compressed air hose. Before drilling of holes for explosives can commence, the bottom must be cleared of grit and pebbles that might conceal sockets containing unexploded charges from the previous round of blasting. Copper is used for the nozzle of the hose so as to avoid sparks that might detonate the explosion of a "misfire". (3_E9016), 1970
Silver gelatin on fibre based paper
F:70 x 53cm P:52 x 35cm
David Goldblatt
Concession store proprietor (seated) and assistant, Rose Deep, Germiston. (3_C6008), October 1966
Silver gelatin on fibre based paper
40 x 28cm
David Goldblatt
"Boss Boy" detail, Battery Reef, Randfontein Estates Gold Mine, 1966 (2_2379), 1966
Platinum print on Arches Platine 310gm
40 x 35cm
David Goldblatt
"Lashing" shovels retrieved from underground. Every grain of sand in the yellow tailings dumps that made the Witwatersrand landscape and every grain of gold that made its wealth, came from a rock off a black man's shovel underground. Central Salvage Yard, Randfontein Estates, Randfontein, 1966 (4_0307), 1966
Silver gelatin print on fibre-based paper
Work: 43.5 x 53.5 cm
David Goldblatt
Joe Maloney, boiler-house attendant, City Deep Gold Mine, 1966 (2_2846), 1966
Platinum print on Arches Platine 310gm
Image: 36.7 x 36.7 cm
David Goldblatt
Novice mineworker from the Transkei, in the Fanakolo school, Hartebeesfontein Gold Mine, Welkom (2_A55), June 1972
Silver gelatin print on fibre-based paper
Work: 46 x 46 cm Frame: 59 x 59.5 cm
David Goldblatt
Mine Policeman's sentry box and demolished lavatory, New Modder, Benoni. August 1966 (4_0376), 1966
Silver gelatin on fibre based paper
F:69.5 x 59cm P:54 x 44cm
David Goldblatt
From the shaft bottom, looking up at the stage and a kibble about to pass through it. (3_E7215), 1969
Silver gelatin print on fibre-based paper
Work: 55.5 x 38 cm
David Goldblatt
Hoist driver's controls, number 16 Shaft, Randfontein Estates, Randfontein. 1967 (2_2988), 1967
Silver gelatin on fibre based paper
F:55 x 54.5cm p:46 x 46cm
David Goldblatt
Funeral of 58 Basotho shaftsinkers, killed underground while charging up during the sinking of a new shaft. Buffelsfontein, November 1969 (3_E8793), 1969
Silver gelatin on fibre based paper
F:46 x 59.5cm P:28 x 42cm
David Goldblatt
Mineworkers in their hostel, Western Deep Levels, Carletonville, 1970 (2_6060), 1970
Silver gelatin print on fiber-based paper
approx. 40 x 40cm
David Goldblatt
Bowling green and clubhouse, Crown Mines, Johannesburg. (2_5460), 1969
Silver gelatin print on fibre-based paper
F: 59 x 59.5cm P: 44 x 44cm
David Goldblatt
Mineworkers in their hostel, Western Deep Levels, Carletonville. (2_6042), 1970
Silver gelatin print on fibre-based paper
P:44 x 43.5cm
David Goldblatt
Arranged in two rows, this was number 14 in a group of similar churches for Black mineworkers, Robinson, Randfontein Estates, Randfontein. (4_430), December 1966
Silver gelatin print on fibre-based paper
F:59 x 51cm P:45 x 48cm
David Goldblatt
Shiftboss and Lashing Men in a stope, Consolidated Main Reef, Roodepoort. (3_D6997), 1967
Silver gelatin on fibre based paper
Work: 37.5 x 53.5 cm
David Goldblatt
A barber's chair of mining timbers, outside a compound on the Luipaardsvlei Estates, Krugersdorp. (4_143), 1965
Silver gelatin on fibre based paper
F:69 x 58.5cm P:54 x 42.5 cm
David Goldblatt
The General Manager's house before demolition, New Kleinfontein, Benoni. (4_0238), November 1965
Silver gelatin print on fibre-based paper
F:70 x 59.5cm P:55 x 43.5cm
David Goldblatt
Banksman's chair, abandoned: after the closure of No. 3 North Shaft, Randfontein Estates, Randfontein. (4_0069), 1965
Silver gelatin on fibre based paper
F:59 x 51cm P:43.5 x 35cm
David Goldblatt
Climbing into kibbles at the shaft-head, the shift gets ready to go down. President Steyn No.4 shaft, Welkom, Orange Free State (3_E7487), 1969
Silver gelatin print on fibre-based paper
F:71 x 53cm P:52 x 35cm
David Goldblatt
Pinups in the remains of a mine worker's bunk. Probably New State Mines, near Springs. (2_1045), July 1965
Silver gelatin print on fibre-based paper
F:59 x 59.5cm P:44 x 44cm
David Goldblatt
Greaser, No. 2 North Winder, Randfontein Estates. (2_0670), 1965
Silver gelatin print on fibre-based paper
F:60 x 61cm P: 44 x 44cm
David Goldblatt
Notices in English, Afrikaans, Sotho, Xhosa and Tsonga, on the bank at New Modderfontein, Benoni, 1965
Digital print in pigment inks on cotton rag paper
A2
David Goldblatt
Sinker's helper. President Steyn, No.4 Welkom. (2_4800), 1969
Silver gelatin print on fibre-based paper
F:59 x 59.5cm P:46 x 46cm
David Goldblatt
Butch Britz, Master Shaftsinker, No. 4 Shaft, President Steyn Gold Mine, Welkom, 1969 (2_4773), 1969
Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper
P:44 x 43.5cm
David Goldblatt
Old mill foundations, tailing wheel and sand dump, Witwatersrand Deep Gold Mine, Germiston, August 1966 (4_0378) , 1966
Platinum print on Arches Platine 310gm
P:56.5 x 75.5cm
David Goldblatt
Winder house, Farrar Shaft, Anglo Mines, Germiston. 1965 (4_154), 1965
Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper
Image: 46 x 57 cm
David Goldblatt
Courtyard with sculpture by Moses Kottler at the head quaters of the general mining and finance company, Hollard Street, Johannesburg. May 1965 (4_110), May 1965
Silver gelatin print on fibre-based paper
F:70 x 58.5cm P:55 x 43cm
David Goldblatt
The stage, a six story, 80 ton structure hanging 50 feet above the shaft bottom. On it work the men who line the shaft with concrete and install the pipes and cables that will carry air, water, electricity and signals to the underground workings of the mine. As the shaft deepens so the stage will be lowered and eventually removed. (3_E7107), 1969
Silver gelatin print on fibre-based paper
Frame: 70 x 53 cm Paper: 52 x 35 cm
David Goldblatt
On the bank, President Steyn No.4 shaft, Welkom. June 1969 (2_4761), 1969
Silver gelatin print on fibre-based paper
F:59 x 59.5cm P:46 x 46cm
David Goldblatt
Masotho shaftsinking Machine Man, President Steyn No. 4, welkom. (3_E7573), 1969
Silver gelatin on fibre based paper
P:44 x 31cm
David Goldblatt
Ore train and amputated headgear, Geduld, Springs. (2_1481), July 1965
Silver gelatin on fibre based paper
P:44 x 43.5cm
David Goldblatt
In the hostel, Western Deep Levels, Carletonville. (2_5999), 1970
Silver gelatin on fibre based paper
F:59 x 59.5cm P:44 x 44cm
David Goldblatt
A model village built by Black mineworkers outside their compound, Brakpan Mine, Brakpan. (2_2182), August 1966
Silver gelatin print on fibre-based paper
40 x 40cm

David Goldblatt / On the Mines / 2012 - Installation View

25 October - 21 December 2012

David Goldblatt

In a kibble going down with Master sinker, Butch Britz (right). Pipes and cables in the shaft sides streaking past. Daylight disappearing above. In a moment big doors will cover the top of the shaft to prevent anything falling from the surface onto the men below. ( 3_E7121)

David Goldblatt

Brothers: Sinker's Helper and Sinker, President Steyn No. 4, Welkom. (2_4785)

David Goldblatt

Hailed by the team, the cactus grab dumps a load of rock into a kibble. The driver of the grab swings the machine around the confined space of the shaft in seemingly manic abandon as he seeks mouthfuls of rock. The men, lithe and nimble, dodge the grab while helping to feed its digestion in a coming and going of empty and full kibbles. (3_F4423)

David Goldblatt

Shaftsinking: the cactus grab has dumped the last load of big rocks into the kibble, now the men clear the smaller rocks from the bottom, loading the kibble with shovels. President Steyn No. 4 Shaft, Welkom, Orange Free State (3_E7083)

David Goldblatt

Basuto shaftsinkers seeking work, President Steyn No. 4, Welkom. (2_4746)

David Goldblatt

Nurse, Consolidated Main Reef mine hospital, Roodepoort. (3_C5974)

David Goldblatt

Shaftsinking: air and water hoses have been lowered to the bottom and are being connected to drill the blast holes. President Steyn No. 4 Shaft, Welkom, Orange Free State (3_E9019)

David Goldblatt

Team leader (left) and mine captain (right) on a pedal car, Rustenburg Platinum Mine, Rustenburg, 1971 (2_7226)

David Goldblatt

As an empty kibble is lowered to the bottom the team pushes it toward a position where it will stand upright on the uneven rock. Men have been crushed under kibbles that tilted over. (3_E4214)

David Goldblatt

A miner waits on the bank to go underground, City Deep Gold Mine, 1966 (2_3041)

David Goldblatt

Mineworkers in their hostel, Western Deep Levels, Carletonville. (2_6053)

David Goldblatt

The sidewall: treacherous shale at this stage. As the shaft deepens, so the stage will be lowered and its crew will line the side wall with concrete, so covering the shale with its tendency to fracture. (3_E7477)

David Goldblatt

Miner's cottage and slimes dam, New Modder Gold Mine, Benoni, August 1965 (2_1037)

David Goldblatt

Banksman and shaftsinker, President Steyn, No. 4 shaft. Welkom (2_24757)

David Goldblatt

Water has been intersected at the shaft bottom: the team drills deep cover holes into which cement grout will be pumped to staunch the flow. President Steyn No.4 Shaft, Welkom, Orange Free State (3_E6822)

David Goldblatt

While the stage is being lowered to a new position, the shaftsinking team cluster below in the centre of the shaft bottom. There they should escape any rock dislodged from the sidewall by the movement of the stage. President Stein No. 4 Shaft, Welkom, Orange Free State (3_E7415)

David Goldblatt

Sheltering behind his shovel from a stinging gale of grit as the shaft bottom is "blown over' by a man with a compressed air hose. Before drilling of holes for explosives can commence, the bottom must be cleared of grit and pebbles that might conceal sockets containing unexploded charges from the previous round of blasting. Copper is used for the nozzle of the hose so as to avoid sparks that might detonate the explosion of a "misfire". (3_E9016)

David Goldblatt

Concession store proprietor (seated) and assistant, Rose Deep, Germiston. (3_C6008)

David Goldblatt

"Boss Boy" detail, Battery Reef, Randfontein Estates Gold Mine, 1966 (2_2379)

David Goldblatt

"Lashing" shovels retrieved from underground. Every grain of sand in the yellow tailings dumps that made the Witwatersrand landscape and every grain of gold that made its wealth, came from a rock off a black man's shovel underground. Central Salvage Yard, Randfontein Estates, Randfontein, 1966 (4_0307)

David Goldblatt

Joe Maloney, boiler-house attendant, City Deep Gold Mine, 1966 (2_2846)

David Goldblatt

Novice mineworker from the Transkei, in the Fanakolo school, Hartebeesfontein Gold Mine, Welkom (2_A55)

David Goldblatt

Mine Policeman's sentry box and demolished lavatory, New Modder, Benoni. August 1966 (4_0376)

David Goldblatt

From the shaft bottom, looking up at the stage and a kibble about to pass through it. (3_E7215)

David Goldblatt

Hoist driver's controls, number 16 Shaft, Randfontein Estates, Randfontein. 1967 (2_2988)

David Goldblatt

Funeral of 58 Basotho shaftsinkers, killed underground while charging up during the sinking of a new shaft. Buffelsfontein, November 1969 (3_E8793)

David Goldblatt

Mineworkers in their hostel, Western Deep Levels, Carletonville, 1970 (2_6060)

David Goldblatt

Bowling green and clubhouse, Crown Mines, Johannesburg. (2_5460)

David Goldblatt

Mineworkers in their hostel, Western Deep Levels, Carletonville. (2_6042)

David Goldblatt

Arranged in two rows, this was number 14 in a group of similar churches for Black mineworkers, Robinson, Randfontein Estates, Randfontein. (4_430)

David Goldblatt

Shiftboss and Lashing Men in a stope, Consolidated Main Reef, Roodepoort. (3_D6997)

David Goldblatt

A barber's chair of mining timbers, outside a compound on the Luipaardsvlei Estates, Krugersdorp. (4_143)

David Goldblatt

The General Manager's house before demolition, New Kleinfontein, Benoni. (4_0238)

David Goldblatt

Banksman's chair, abandoned: after the closure of No. 3 North Shaft, Randfontein Estates, Randfontein. (4_0069)

David Goldblatt

Climbing into kibbles at the shaft-head, the shift gets ready to go down. President Steyn No.4 shaft, Welkom, Orange Free State (3_E7487)

David Goldblatt

Pinups in the remains of a mine worker's bunk. Probably New State Mines, near Springs. (2_1045)

David Goldblatt

Greaser, No. 2 North Winder, Randfontein Estates. (2_0670)

David Goldblatt

Notices in English, Afrikaans, Sotho, Xhosa and Tsonga, on the bank at New Modderfontein, Benoni

David Goldblatt

Sinker's helper. President Steyn, No.4 Welkom. (2_4800)

David Goldblatt

Butch Britz, Master Shaftsinker, No. 4 Shaft, President Steyn Gold Mine, Welkom, 1969 (2_4773)

David Goldblatt

Old mill foundations, tailing wheel and sand dump, Witwatersrand Deep Gold Mine, Germiston, August 1966 (4_0378)

David Goldblatt

Winder house, Farrar Shaft, Anglo Mines, Germiston. 1965 (4_154)

David Goldblatt

Courtyard with sculpture by Moses Kottler at the head quaters of the general mining and finance company, Hollard Street, Johannesburg. May 1965 (4_110)

David Goldblatt

The stage, a six story, 80 ton structure hanging 50 feet above the shaft bottom. On it work the men who line the shaft with concrete and install the pipes and cables that will carry air, water, electricity and signals to the underground workings of the mine. As the shaft deepens so the stage will be lowered and eventually removed. (3_E7107)

David Goldblatt

On the bank, President Steyn No.4 shaft, Welkom. June 1969 (2_4761)

David Goldblatt

Masotho shaftsinking Machine Man, President Steyn No. 4, welkom. (3_E7573)

David Goldblatt

Ore train and amputated headgear, Geduld, Springs. (2_1481)

David Goldblatt

In the hostel, Western Deep Levels, Carletonville. (2_5999)

David Goldblatt

A model village built by Black mineworkers outside their compound, Brakpan Mine, Brakpan. (2_2182)

To celebrate the publication of On the Mines, a new edition of the acclaimed 1973 book by David Goldblatt, Goodman Gallery Johannesburg is to exhibit a selection of works from the book, and is pleased to host the South African launch of the new version published by Steidl of Germany, noted publisher of books on fine art and photography.

Now in an expanded and redesigned version, the volume is true to the format of the first issue, featuring the original essay by Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer, and with the images divided into three chapters, namely The Witwatersrand: a Time and Tailings, Shaftsinking, and Mining Men. Gordimer has added a postscript to her essay, and the book is extensively updated “to expand the view but not to alter the sense of things,” says Goldblatt. The photographer has now added a text of his own in which he reflects on his childhood in Randfontein, as well as the 1973 publication. Goldblatt and Gordimer collaborated to examine the human and political dimensions of mining in South Africa, and the photographs which are the basis of the book cover a period from the mid-sixties onward. There are now thirty one new, previously unpublished, photographs, including colour images, while eleven pictures from the first edition have been removed. This is to be the first of a planned series of collaborations between David Goldblatt and Steidl to publish both reprints and new books on his work.

The exhibition and book launch are of particular significance at this time in the history of South Africa and its mines. The photographer will be present at the opening of the exhibition, to take part in a public conversation on his work with writer Sean O’Toole, and to sign copies of the new book.

David Goldblatt was born in 1930 in Randfontein, South Africa and since the early 1960s has devoted all of his time to photography. In 1989 Goldblatt founded the Market Photography Workshop in Johannesburg, with, he explains “the object of teaching visual literacy and photographic skills to young people, with particular emphasis on those disadvantaged by apartheid”. In 1998 he was the first South African to be given a one-person exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York. Goldblatt received an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts at the University of Cape Town in 2001. In that same year a retrospective exhibition, David Goldblatt: Fifty-One Years, opened in Barcelona, and later travelled to galleries and museums around the world, in New York, Rotterdam, Lisbon, Oxford, Brussels, Munich and Johannesburg. His work was represented at Documenta 11 (2002) and Documenta 12 (2007) in Kassel, Germany. Goldblatt received an Honorary Doctorate of Literature from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2008.
Recent solo exhibitions include those at Marian Goodman Gallery Paris, Goodman Gallery Cape Town and Galeria Elba Benitez in Madrid. His work is currently featured on the exhibition Everything Was Moving: Photography from the 60s and 70s, at the Barbican in London. Goldblatt’s photographs are in the collections of the South African National Gallery, Cape Town; the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and MoMA New York, among many other prestigious museums. Goldblatt is the recipient of the 2006 Hasselblad Award and the 2009 Henri Cartier-Bresson Award, was recently named the 2010 Lucie Award Lifetime Achievement Honoree, and in 2011 received an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute.

For further information on the exhibition and new publication, kindly contact the gallery.

David Goldblatt

David Goldblatt (b.1930, Randfontein, South Africa) chronicled the structures, people and landscapes of his country from 1948 – through the rise of Afrikaner Nationalism, the apartheid regime and into the democratic era – until his death in June 2018. Goldblatt’s photography examines how South Africans have expressed their values through the structures, physical and ideological, that they have built. In 1989, Goldblatt founded the Market Photography Workshop in Johannesburg. In 1998 he was the first South African to have a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 2001, a retrospective of his work, David Goldblatt Fifty-One Years began a tour of galleries and museums. He was one of the few South African artists to exhibit at Documenta 11 (2002) and Documenta 12 (2007) in Kassel, Germany. He has held solo exhibitions at the Jewish Museum and the New Museum, both in New York. His work was included in the exhibition ILLUMInations at the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011, and has featured on shows at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Barbican Centre in London and in 2018, a major retrospective at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Goldblatt is the recipient of the 2006 Hasselblad award, the 2009 Henri Cartier-Bresson Award, the 2013 ICP Infinity Award and in 2016, he was awarded the Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres by the Ministry of Culture of France.