A Retrospective Study of David Goldblatt's Documentary Photographs


The work of David Goldblatt is no on-going documentary series on the life and livelihood of South Africans. It is an autobiographical work of Goldblatt on his country.as the witness of the inauguration, ascendancy, the apartheid and its fall. The renowned photographer's been a long-time observer of his society.

Goldblatt began photographing in 1948, documenting in black and white as he mostly found color too 'sweet' to depict the Apartheid years. He wanted to express the dislike he felt through monochromatic colors. Goldblaatt began photographing in color when he was working a project in Northwestern Australi in the 1990s, when he saw disease and death, he wanted to make sure they were shown as such through accurate use of colors

The commando of National Party supporters that escorted the late Dr. Hendrik Verwoerd to the party’s 50th anniversary celebrations. De Wildt, Transvaal (North-West Province), 31 October 1964 Digital print on gelatin silver paper, 33 x 48,5 cm Courtesy David Goldblatt and Goodman Gallery Johannesburg and Cape Town © David Goldblatt; The farmer’s son with his nursemaid, on the farm Heimweeberg, near Nietverdiend in the marico Bushveld, Transvaal (North-West Province) 1964 Gelatin silver print, 33 x 48,5 cm Courtesy David Goldblatt and Goodman Gallery Johannesburg and Cape Town © David Goldblatt; AM/PM, Travellers from KwaNdebele buying their weekly season tickets at the PUTCO depot in Pretoria 1983 Digital print on gelatin silver paper, 33 x 47 cm Courtesy David Goldblatt and Goodman Gallery Johannesburg and Cape Town © David Goldblatt; A plot-holder who shunted trains and dreamt of growing a garden, with no bricks or concrete in it, watered by this dam. Koksoord, Randfontein, Transvaal (Gauteng), 1962 Gelatin silver print , 48,5 x 33 cm Courtesy David Goldblatt and Goodman Gallery Johannesburg and Cape Town © David Goldblatt; Girl in her new tutu on the stoep, Boksburg 1980 Gelatin silver paper, 48,5 x 37,5 cm Courtesy David Goldblatt and Goodman Gallery Johannesburg and Cape Town © David Goldblatt

Inspired largely by writers than of other artists such as Jillian Becker, Herman Charles Bosman, Nadine Gordimer, Njabulo Ndebele, Ivan Vladislavic and Barney Simon, Goldblatt believes that to being a good photographer is akin to being a good journalist, the one who knows how to capture reality and touch it as it is, a stance that's been deemed controversial by other photographers.

Having experienced injustice himself during Jewish persecution in the 1890s, he's been ever sensitive to the politics and socio-political problems in his coverage, such as his photographs in Soweto. Goldblatt made sure he was carrying himself as a serious photographer.

Visit the show David Goldblatt for more of his works at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, running through May 7.

At a meeting of the Voortrekkers in the suburb of Whitfield, Boksburg, June 1980 Gelatin silver print, 40 x 40 cm Courtesy David Goldblatt and Goodman Gallery Johannesburg and Cape Town © David Goldblatt; 5:40 am: after arrival at the Marabastad terminal in Pretoria, many of the passengers from the Wolwekraal bus join others to line up for local buses that will take them to work in the suburbs and industrial areas of the city. Some will travel for another hour 1983 Digital print on gelatin silver paper, approx. 33 x 47 cm Courtesy David Goldblatt and Goodman Gallery Johannesburg and Cape Town © David Goldblatt; AM/PM, Travellers from KwaNdebele buying their weekly season tickets at the PUTCO depot in Pretoria 1983 Digital print on gelatin silver paper, 33 x 47 cm Courtesy David Goldblatt and Goodman Gallery Johannesburg and Cape Town © David Goldblatt; A plot-holder, his wife and their eldest son at lunch, Wheatlands, near Randfontein, Gauteng, September 1962 Digital print on gelatin silver paper, 33 x 48,5 cm Courtesy David Goldblatt and Goodman Gallery Johannesburg and Cape Town © David Goldblatt; Oom At Geel, Near Nietverdiend, Marico Bushveld, North-West Province, December 1964 As a boy of fifteen Oom At Geel fought against the British in the South African War (1899 -1902) ; then against the Germans in South West Africa (now Namibia) ; the rebels in 1916 ; the strikers in Johannesburg in 1922 ; and, as a major, against the Italians and the Germans in the Second World War. At the time of this photograph, at 80, At Geel had just married for the second time. Gelatin silver print, 33 x 48,5 cm Courtesy David Goldblatt and Goodman Gallery Johannesburg and Cape Town © David Goldblatt

Images are from the press kit.

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