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In response to a torn, complex, moving country, the South African photographers speak out loud and clear. Their images reflect this, they speak out, they act, they show a revolt that isn't so foreign to us.

In 1989, a unique photography school was born in Johannesburg: the Market Photo Workshop. Dreamed up and founded by David Goldblatt, the school provides both a technical education and encourages its students in critical thinking about contemporary art. Focused on social documentary, it is teaching a whole generation of photographers to find their eye.
The violence that interferes with the shot is ultimately a response to global violence.

Directors Nathalie Masduraud and Valérie Urréa, after an impactful exhibition of David Goldblatt's photographs in Arles, decide to devote a filmed portrait to him. His images, which convey “a different story of apartheid” pave the way for a new South African photographic writing. Nathalie Maduraud and Valérie Urréa gradually discover it, deciding in the end to consecrate a whole documentary series to this generation of bold, critical photographers. In an exclusive interview, they tell us the story – both in shot and behind the scenes – of this captivating series.

The Films

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Linked Articles

Linked themes

The impulses of the city are infinite. I couldn’t possibly hope to frame it. I just simply had to be there.
- Guy Tillim
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There were photographers who, as soon as the first darkrooms appeared, persisted in unveiling the naked truth...
- Agnès Giard
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Further exploration

• JO’BURG - artist: Guy Tillim ; 2005 ;  STE Publishers ; South Africa

• STILL EXISTENCES - artist: Thandile Zwelibanzi ; 2010 ; Camera Austria 

• THE FACE OF THE COUNTRY : A SOUTH AFRICAN FAMILY ALBUM 1860-1910 - Collective work ; edited by Karel Shoeman ; 1996 ; Human and Rousseau ; Cape Town

• 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 Subotsky ; author: Jonny Steinberg ; 2008 ; Chris Boot 

SOMNYAMA NGONYAMA, SALUT A TOI, LIONNE NOIRE ! - artist: Zanele Muholi ; 2021 ; Delpire & co ; French

ZANELE MUHOLI : FACES AND PHASES 2006-2014 - 2014 ; Steidl Verlag 

FLAT NOODLE SOUP TALK - artist: Pieter Hugo ; 2016 ; Editions Bessard 

• KIN - artist: Pieter Hugo ; 2015 ; Aperture

• BETWEEN DARKNESS AND LIGHT - SELECTED WORKS : SOUTH AFRICA 1994-2010 - artist: Jodi Bieber ; author: Filippo Maggia ; 2018 ; Skira 

• SOWETO - artist: Jodi Bieber ; 2010 ; Jacana Media

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

from €2,49/month

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…

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

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