On Site: David Goldblatt, “Particulars”, Howard Greenberg Gallery, NYC

In Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on May 8, 2010 at 4:37 pm


David Goldblatt, “Man with necklaces, Joubert Park, Johannesburg”

Great images of portions of people’s physiognomy which render them as abstracts. The clarity of the prints is important in maintaining the viewers gaze, with hair and fabrics cleanly rendered.

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.


Seville, Henri Cartier-Bresson

Also on site are some terrific, very “famous”, prints of Cartier-Bresson’s.

Through June 12: Howard Greenberg

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