David Goldblatt  (South African, 1930) 

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David Goldblatt (South African, b.1930) is acclaimed for his documentation of South Africa during and after Apartheid. Goldblatt’s interest in photography began at an early age, though it wasn’t until the early 1960s that he decided to dedicate his life to photography. Eager to spread his passion for photography, Goldblatt founded the Market Photography Workshop, which taught visual literacy and photographic skills to the younger generation. His involvement with the artistic movements in Johannesburg allowed him to access and photograph subjects such as farming communities in the Western Transvaal, which he would later publish in his book In Boksburg. Though he refused to belong to any political organization and argued that his photographs would not be used for propaganda purposes, his work was presented in the Staffrider Exhibitions, organized by the left wing anti-apartheid photographer’s collective, Afrapix, in 1990.

In 1998, Goldblatt had the honor of being the first South African to be offered a solo exhibition at the MoMA. He also received the Hasselblad Award (2006), the Henri-Cartier Bresson Award (2009), and the Lucie Award Lifetime Achievement Honoree (2010). Goldblatt received an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts at the University of Cape Town in 2001 and an Honorary Doctorate of Literature from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2008. His work has been exhibited at the New Museum, New York, NY; the Jewish Museum, New York, NY; the MoMA, New York, NY; as well as in many galleries and museums around the world. His photographs are currently in the collections of the South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa; the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK; and the MoMA, New York, NY.

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David Goldblatt, Lewies Nel in his voorkamer, Gamkaskloof (From 'Some Afrikaners Revisited')

 

David Goldblatt
Lewies Nel in his voorkamer, Gamkaskloof (From 'Some Afrikaners Revisited')
1966

Howard Greenberg Gallery
David Goldblatt, Kite flying, Near Phuthaditjhaba, Qwa Qwa, May 1, 1989

 

David Goldblatt
Kite flying, Near Phuthaditjhaba, Qwa Qwa, May 1, 1989
Howard Greenberg Gallery
David Goldblatt, Flip du Toit on the stoep of his farm workshop at Abjaterskop, Marico Bushveld (From 'Some Afrikaners Revisited')

 

David Goldblatt
Flip du Toit on the stoep of his farm workshop at Abjaterskop, Marico Bushveld (From 'Some Afrikaners Revisited')
1964

Howard Greenberg Gallery
David Goldblatt, Bungee jumper, Bloukrans on the border of Eastern and Western Cape, 25 April 2006

 

David Goldblatt
Bungee jumper, Bloukrans on the border of Eastern and Western Cape, 25 April 2006
2006

Howard Greenberg Gallery
David Goldblatt, Woman at home, Coffee Bay, Transkei

 

David Goldblatt
Woman at home, Coffee Bay, Transkei
1975

Howard Greenberg Gallery
David Goldblatt, Johannesburg from the Southwest

 

David Goldblatt
Johannesburg from the Southwest
2003

Forma Galleria
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David Goldblatt, Migrant workers waiting for train to Bechuanaland, Mayfair Station, Johannesburg

 

David Goldblatt
Migrant workers waiting for train to Bechuanaland, Mayfair Station, Johannesburg, 1952
silver print

 

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David Goldblatt, Zoar Little Karoo, Cape Province, South Africa

 

David Goldblatt
Zoar Little Karoo, Cape Province, South Africa, 1968
hand printed vintage silver print, mtd

 

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David Goldblatt, Selected Images from The Transported of KwaNdebele, (8 works)

 

David Goldblatt
Selected Images from The Transported of KwaNdebele, (8 works), 1983-1984
gelatin silver prints

 

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