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Mayer Kirshenblatt
Boy in the White Pajamas
1992
Jewish Museum
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GOTHAM ART & THEATER
by Elisabeth Kley



In a 1998 interview, the South African photographer David Goldblatt described a dilemma he’s faced for 50 years -- "how to square one’s conscience with being a white in this country." Rather than documenting apartheid resistance (what South Africans call "struggle" photography), he decided to focus on everyday existence, shooting portraits, interiors, buildings, monuments and landscapes, from the so-called black homelands to the richest white suburbs and everywhere in between.

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