Last week we kicked off our new programme of events & workshops with a great turn-out. Very nice to see the space alive again after the Summer break, the new shelves and bookcases were brighting and filled with a fantastic selection of books, the bookshop was boiling but we had some beer to cold it down.
The opening event was dominated by the expectation of seeing and listening at one of the oldest active photographers, the master David Goldblatt (b.1930). It was a very rare opportunity to see David in the UK, we were lucky enough to collaborate with Emma & Claire from Multistory (Sandwell) to invite David to have a conversation with Martin Parr at our space.
It was a fantastic talk, a great selection of powerful images, the stories behind them and the anecdotes. Read the review of Colin HERE.
But there were a couple of points that Goldblatt mentioned which are still floating in my mind. After someone asked David, what would be a positive image of South Africa nowadays? He responded:
” I am not thinking in those terms, I don’t believe there are positive or negative images, what we need to aim for is to create/construct complex images that make us think.”
Goldblatt’s work is something else beyond the iconic; something more human, three-dimensional and thoroughly modern, I agree with Colin on this.
David Goldblatt is one of those photographers who has been working very hard and still does at his age. I don’t remember the question that someone made but David’s answer was:
” I just want to go out of this room and come back to South Africa to photograph”
He cannot wait to photograph and carry on with his project of South African constructions. He has been able to keep his photographic excitement for more than 50 years. Clearly, photography for David is a way of living and understanding the world. Of course, not the only one. Literature is his main source of inspiration, South African writers had a very strong influence in his way of photographing and writing as David is always using text as part of his work.
Another interesting point was when David was explaining how he photograph people:
”I need to create a tension between the person I photograph and me. They need to be aware of me and the camera, they need to know what is happening.”
I could go further and extract other fragments of his talk, but we have recorded it and we will upload it hopefully soon. It’s worth to listen to him!
Glad to see some regular but also new faces finding out about our little photo bunker in Old Market (Bristol).
Thanks to everybody who attended the event and please keep an eye on our following events:
– LIGHTING WORKSHOP with Daniel Bosworth (We have to places left to fill up a group for October)