Publisher: Goodman Gallery Editions
Size: 36 x 38 cm (approx.)
Hardcover, cloth bound with dustjacket, edition of 500 copies, signed.
Particulars stems from Goldblatt’s more traditional portraiture and his experience working in his father’s tailoring business. “Of my life experiences, one that was crucial was that of working in my father’s shop in Randfontein, where I acquired a consciousness of bodily particulars that was technical rather than subjective,” remarked Goldblatt. In 1975, after working for several years on portraits of the residents of Soweto and Johannesburg in their homes and on the streets, Goldblatt began to explore the“particulars” of their bodies “as affirmation and embodiments of their selves.” In doing this, he has created a powerful series of photographs illustrating how a small detail of a body, clothing, hair or skin can lead a viewer to make judgments about class and color, and time and place. Tired feet, entwined legs, arms adorned with jewelry, and the nape of the neck fill the entire frame, uncovering and articulating perceptions about the social, economic, and cultural divides of South Africa.
The limited edition book, Particulars, won the award for the best photography book atthe Rencontres d’Arles festival in 2004. (From the 2010 exhibition text)