David Goldblatt, Shop assistant, Orlando West, 1972, platinum print, image, 14 1/2 x 14 1/2", paper, 29 3/8 x 22 3/8" © David Goldblatt

David Goldblatt

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David Goldblatt © Mikhael Subotzky


b. 1930, Randfontein, South Africa
d. 2018, Johannesburg, South Africa

David Goldblatt chronicled the structures, people and landscapes of South Africa from 1948 until his death in June 2018.

Well known for his photography which explored both public and private life in South Africa, Goldblatt created a body of powerful images which depicted life during the time of Apartheid. Goldblatt also extensively photographed colonial era monuments and buildings with the idea that the architecture reveals something about the people who built them.

In 1989, Goldblatt founded the Market Photography Workshop in Johannesburg to provide further education in visual literacy to disadvantaged students during the apartheid regime. In 1998 he was the first South African to have a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and in 2016, he was awarded the Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres by the Ministry of Culture of France.


David Goldblatt, Speculative development by a property developer in putatively 'authentic Cape Dutch' style, Agatha, Tzaneen, Transvaal (From South Africa: The Structure of Things Then), 1989, gelatin silver print, image, 15 5/8 x 19 3/4", paper, 17 1/4 x 21 3/4" © David Goldblatt


David Goldblatt, Sleeping Man, Joubert Park, Johannesburg, 1975, gelatin silver hand print, image, 14 1/8 x 14 1/8" © David Goldblatt


David Goldblatt, Sylvia Gibbert in her apartment, Melrose, 1974, gelatin silver print, image, 15 3/4 x 15 5/8", paper, 18 3/4 x 18 3/4" © David Goldblatt

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David Goldblatt, Travelers from KwaNdebele buying weekly season tickets at the PUTCO bus depot in Marabastad, Pretoria, 1984, gelatin silver hand print, image, 7 5/8 x 11 3/8", paper, 11 7/8 x 15 7/8" © David Goldblatt