|TJ / Double Negative, Photographs by David Goldblatt. Novel by Ivan Vladislavic.|
Published by Contrasto, 2010.
Reviewed by Mary Anne Redding __________________________
David Goldblatt TJ / Double Negative
Photographs by David Goldblatt, novel by Ivan Vladislavic
Contrasto, 2010. Softcover. 468 pp., 300 color and black & white illustrations, 12x11".
David Goldblatt's Johannesburg Photographs 1948 - 2010 is the visual element of TJ / Double Negative. The fictional element, Double Negative, is a novel by Ivan Vladislavic. Together the two parts of this jarringly interesting collaborative project that won the 2011 Kraszna-Krausz Best Photography Book Award form a fragmented view of the fractured city of Johannesburg, South Africa, during and after Apartheid. A native white South African of Jewish heritage (his parents immigrated to South Africa to escape the persecution of Lithuanian Jews in 1890), Goldblatt spills the secret of the initials TJ in his brief introduction to his remarkable images; T and J are the letters of the old motorcar-licensing system identifying Transvaal, Johannesburg. It is a place that now only exists as a nick-named memory but one that conveys for the photographer a sense of home as he has photographed the city where he lives -- TJ or Joburg -- for the past 60 some years.
Mary Anne Redding is the Curator of Photography at the Palace of the Governors/New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe.