Raimundo: reading David Goldbatt's on the mines

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dc.contributor.author Bennett, Melissa Helen
dc.date.accessioned 2018-05-14T11:04:37Z
dc.date.available 2018-05-14T11:04:37Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation Bennett, Melissa Helen (2017) Raimundo: reading David Goldbatt's on the mines, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, <https://hdl.handle.net/10539/24481>
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10539/24481
dc.description Submitted in fulfilment of the Degree of Master of Arts (Fine Arts) Johannesburg, March 2017 en_ZA
dc.description.abstract This dissertation uses David Goldblatt’s seminal photobook, On the Mines (1973, revised 2012) to mediate a biographical conversation with Raymond Zavala, a migrant mineworker who left Mozambique in 1962 to live and work in Johannesburg. On the Mines was used as a vehicle to examine intimate details of one man’s life in the mines, focusing particularly on a mine in Roodepoort known as Durban Deep, where Raymond worked for 38 years. During my visits with Raymond, On the Mines was kept in hand as he and I walked through what once was a prosperous mining town. We would discuss his day-to-day life as a migrant, mineworker, husband and father, and began layering and inserting our own stories and photographs over and into On the Mines in an attempt to portray a more personal account of one person’s life on the mines. Goldblatt’s photographic archive is crucial to this process in that it enabled me to initiate conversations with Raymond about his personal history, memory and identity. This research, encompassed in the visual biography presented here, was created in collaboration with Raymond. He guided me through this process by directing the narrative of his own story, recommending specific landscapes and people for me to meet and photograph.  I have chosen to present this practice in the form of a photobook, so that its concept and content can be shared as a critical resolution of my visual and narrative engagement. en_ZA
dc.format.extent Online resource (199 pages)
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.subject.lcsh Goldblatt, David--Exhibition
dc.subject.lcsh Documentary photography--South Africa--Exhibitions
dc.subject.lcsh Gold miners--South Africa.
dc.title Raimundo: reading David Goldbatt's on the mines en_ZA
dc.type Thesis en_ZA
dc.description.librarian XL2018 en_ZA

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