• David Goldblatt

    Museum Kunstpalast
    Ehrenhof 4-5
    June 17–August 21, 2005

    Curated by Christoph Danelzik-Brüggemann

    A self-described “white South African English-speaking Jew,” David Goldblatt has always practiced photography as “a political act”—a way of “squaring one’s conscience with being a white in this country.” Active since the ’50s, he’s been a remarkably restrained and reliable witness to the awful subtleties of everyday inequity. But Goldblatt has also proven himself a master of the deceptively casual street scene, focusing on the cross section of social and commercial activity at busy intersections. This show, his first exclusively in color, features some eighty recent images that depict such locations in urban Johannesburg and rural Platteland—two radically different sides of postapartheid South Africa, where progress still tends to isolate the privileged and leave the dispossessed waiting by the side of the road.