Born in Randfontein in 1930, Goldblatt has been documenting the changing political landscape of South Africa for over five decades. One of the most important documentary photographers of the late twentieth century, his early publications include seminal images from the series ‘On the Mines’ with Nadine Gordimer (1973) ‘Some Afrikaners Photographed’ (1975) ‘Lifetimes under Apartheid’ (1986) ‘The Transported of KwaNdebele’ (1989) and ‘South Africa: the Structure of Things Then’ (1998). His retrospective exhibition ‘David Goldblatt 51 Years’, travelled Europe and the USA. He was included on Documenta XI and XII and his limited edition book ‘Particulars’ won the award for the best photography book at the Rencontres d’Arles Festival, France, in 2004. In 1989 he founded The Market Photography Workshop in Johannesburg, with the object of teaching visual literacy and photographic skills to young people, particularly those disadvantaged by apartheid. The Workshop currently receives around two hundred students per annum, a number of whom are working as professional photographers. Goldblatt’s contribution as a critical observer of South African society, both during apartheid and in its aftermath, is unequalled.
Supported by Haunch of Venison, London