Woman smoking, Fordsburg, Johannesburg (From the particulars serie)

David Goldblatt1975/2007

Serralves Foundation

Serralves Foundation
Porto, Portugal

From 1964 until the early 1990s, David Goldblatt built a vast photographic testimony of the social and cultural structures of complex South-African society under the Apartheid regime and, subsequently, under the new social order that emerged in the country. The series ‘Particulars’ focuses on a set of close-ups of gestures and attitudes of various women before a photographic camera. ‘Particulars’ questions the traditional role of the portrait, reducing it to the body language details of each photographed subject that nevertheless suggest their personal characteristics and circumstances.


  • Title: Woman smoking, Fordsburg, Johannesburg (From the particulars serie)
  • Creator: Goldblatt, David
  • Date Created: 1975/2007
  • Physical Location: Fundação de Serralves, Porto, Portugal
  • Physical Dimensions: 48cm x 47cm
  • Provenance: Col. Fundação de Serralves – Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto. Aquisição em 2010
  • Medium: B/w photograph

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