Start my 7-day free trial

South Africa, Chromatic Existences - Episode 2: Such a Violent Time

  • France
  • 2014
  • en
  • 14'

South Africa is commonly associated with violence, through its history, of course, but also as a mirror of an all-pervasive global violence. David Goldblatt, himself a victim in his country, has chosen to photograph the criminals in large format, drive them to the scene of their crime and listen to their story. Mikhael Subotzky is questioning violence and its representation. He has confronted the aesthetic approach assumed by photography and the reality that surrounds it.

South Africa, Chromatic Existences - Episode 2: Such a Violent Time
Watch the trailer

Synopsis

South Africa is commonly associated with violence, through its history, of course, but also as a mirror of an all-pervasive global violence. David Goldblatt, himself a victim in his country, has chosen to photograph the criminals in large format, drive them to the scene of their crime and listen to their story. Mikhael Subotzky is questioning violence and its representation. He has confronted the aesthetic approach assumed by photography and the reality that surrounds it.

What you will learn in this film…

The value of photography according to David Goldblatt • His quest for reality • The origin of the series Ex-Offenders • His listening work • The crime scene • A face of violence • A specificity of black and white • A search for equality with the subject • The source of crime for David Goldblatt • A link between South African violence and global violence • A violence of representation • The importance of form • A search for instability in the composition of the photograph • The photographic double according to Wim Wenders

When you make a photograph in black and white, you want to tell something in a medium that is limited. That forces you to extract from reality something that is like a juice.
A photograph is always a double image, showing at first glance its subject, but at a second glance, more or less visible, the picture of the photographer in action.

Film chapters

summary00:00 David Goldblatt

summary03:24 Extract the essential

summary07:16 Mikhael Subotzky

summary10:39 Break the surface

Every month, a selection of reference documentaries,
articles and exclusive interviews...

Photography at 24 images per second!

Discover the world of photography through a selection of reference documentaries, original creations, unpublished articles and exclusive interviews.

New films and new articles every month.

Films in an original magazine…

The Darkroom Rumour is a new kind of editorial encounter that invites you to discover an art that has become a daily practice. It's an audiovisual magazine designed to inspire and to cultivate its practice and its photographic world.

Articles and interviews relating to the films

The Darkroom Rumour introduces films, identifies content, proposes themes and focus, links and references, so that you spend more time watching films than choosing them…

Accessible on all your devices, whenever you like

The Darkroom Rumour is available anytime, via streaming, anywhere in the world, on your connected TV, computer, tablet and mobile.

Accessible on all your devices, whenever you like
Start your free trial

Linked Articles

Further exploration

• EX OFFENDERS AT THE SCENE OF CRIME - artist: David Goldblatt ; 2020 ; Steidl Verlag 

• DAVID GOLDBLATT: STRUCTURES OF DOMINION AND DEMOCRACY - artist: David Goldblatt ; authors: Ivor Powell and Karolina Ziebinska-Lewandowska ; 2018 ; Steidl 

• BEAUFORT WEST - artist: Mikhael Subotzky ; author: Jonny Steinberg ; 2008 ; Chris Boot 

• PONTE CITY - artists: Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse ; 2014 ; Steidl Interart