ORAL HISTORY ARCHIVE:
Interviewed by Mark Durden
Location: Modern Art, Oxford
Date: January 2003
(Chapter 4 of 6, Running Time: 00:09:37)
Chapter 4 Synopsis:
- 'Sunday Afternoon: Margaret Mcingana at Home' - typifies Soweto dwellings.
- No one else producing work with an emphasis on background details at this time.
- Asked for photograph to introduce article on Society and the Press in South Africa.
- Begins to look for a way represent South African society in a single image.
- Starts photographing around street corners.
- At same time working on another series - 'Pictures in Traffic'.
- Inspired by opening scene of Fellini's 'Eight and a Half'.
- Carries a camera in the car - takes a photograph at every junction.
- Late '70s makes conscious attempt to examine white middle-class South Africa.
- Boksburg work - a deeply critical series, full of sad reflection.
- 'Girl in her New Tutu' - critical yet sympathetic protrait of middle-class values.
- Recurring emphasis throughout work on touch and physicality.