David Goldblatt: Ex-Offenders at the Scene of Crime

22nd May 2017
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Council Chamber, Ground Floor
West Bromwich Town Hall
Lodge Road
West Bromwich

Please join acclaimed photographer, David Goldblatt, as a guest, for a talk related to his Multistory project ‘Ex-offenders at the Scene of Crime’.

David Goldblatt was born in South Africa and has been a photographer since 1963. Over the years he has done a number of photographic essays examining aspects of South African society. His present concern is with crime which, in numerous ways, has become an overwhelmingly important part of life. David is not a social worker or a journalist; he seeks to make photographs and tell life stories that might deepen our understanding of people and circumstances – to see people who have committed crimes not as the sudden forces and threats that many have experienced, nor as names in news reports, but as individuals.

“Given South Africa’s history and present conditions … I, in fear, humiliation, helplessness and anger at hold-ups by men threatening force and knives and guns, have asked: Who is doing this to us? Who are you? Are you monsters? Are you ordinary people – if there are such? How did you come to this? What is your life? Could you be my children? Could I be you?  I decided to explore these questions through photographs and words. I wanted to meet people who had done crime, or been accused of it, and punished. I wanted to meet them not as incarcerated criminals, but paroled or free. I wanted to photograph them not in re-enactment of crime, but in stillness at the scene of crime. And I wanted to record whatever they wished to tell me of their life. And do this not as a journalist or an activist, but simply out of a wish to know.

The project was broadened when I was invited by Multistory to make photographs and I chose to pursue a similar enquiry to the one I have done in South Africa.”

Doors open at 6 pm; talk starts at 6.30 pm. Refreshments will be provided.

Photo: © David Goldblatt