David Goldblatt: Seeing South Africa

1

Born in 1930, David Goldblatt is perhaps South Africa’s best known and most highly regarded photographer of his generation. Find out a little bit more about him here.

David Goldblatt ‘A farmer’s son with his nursemaid, on the farm Heimweeberg, near Nietverdiend in the Marico Bushveld’ Transvaal, December 1964 Gelatin-silver print Museum no. E.12-1992 Given by David Goldblatt © David Goldblatt via vam.ac.uk/

David Goldblatt’s photos revolve around his exploration of the social landscape of South Africa. Growing up in a country which in the 40s and 50s was at the peak of racism and anti-semitism, Goldblatt carefully observed the social, cultural and economic divides that characterised the South African state.

David Goldblatt, Family at Lunch, 1962 via vam.ac.uk/
David Goldblatt, ‘A commando escorting the prime minister and leader of the National Party, Hendrik Verwoerd and his wife, Betsy, to the party’s 50th anniversary celebrations’ De Wildt, Transvaal, 31 October 1964 Gelatin-silver print Museum no. E.11-1992 Given by David Goldblatt © David Goldblatt via vam.ac.uk/

The son of Lithuanian-Jewish immigrants, he himself, frequently experienced anti-Semitic sentiments and this in turn made him especially sensitive to the humiliation and discrimination suffered by others under apartheid.

David Goldblatt, ‘3.00 a.m.: Early passengers on the Wolwekraal-Marabastad bus’ 1984 Gelatin-silver print Museum no. Ph.65-1987 © David Goldblatt via vam.ac.uk/

Goldblatt’s photos focus on ordinary people and everyday life. His work is a series of quiet observations rather than loud political statements. He shed light on injustice not through the documentation of large scale happenings but rather through the character of the people living a struggle. Having very little interest in explosions of hostility, Goldblatt’s Transported of KwaNdebele series for example, followed the daily commute of black workers during segregation His first publication, On the Mines, examined the subterranean lives of gold miners in the East Rand area of the country.

David Goldblatt, Man with an injured arm. Hillbrow, Johannesburg. June, 1972, 1972 Black-and-white photograph on matte paper Courtesy the artist and Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg via http://www.newmuseum.org/

Now over 80 years old, Goldblatt is a recipient of the Hasselblad Foundation Award in photography and has more than 20 solo exhibitions under his belt, including ones at the MOMA and the V&A; the latter having received a large collection of his work as a donation in 1987.

David Goldblatt via http://davesouthwood.com

Information for this article was taken from VAM UK, The Jewish Museum and SA History.

written by webo29 on 2012-01-13 in #lifestyle #south-africa #black-and-white #apartheid #david-goldblatt

One Comment

  1. neanderthalis
    neanderthalis ·

    He captures so much emotion.

More Interesting Articles

  • 'Stilpirat' Steffen Böttcher Lures the Lomography Petzval Lens to France

    written by zonderbar on 2014-10-17 in #people #lomoamigos
    'Stilpirat' Steffen Böttcher Lures the Lomography Petzval Lens to France

    Steffen Böttcher's blog is already home to some very beautiful portraits taken with the New Petzval Lens. But the Petzval does so much more than just taking beautiful portraits; Böttcher recently took the lens with him on a mobile home adventure across the South of France. Find out more about the German photographer and his road trip in this exclusive interview.

  • My First Lomo Affair: Clownshoes and his Lomo Smena Symbol

    written by icequeenubia on 2014-06-05 in #lifestyle
    My First Lomo Affair: Clownshoes and his Lomo Smena Symbol

    For a short time, Blaine Vernicek, otherwise known as clownshoes in our Community, needed to be away from his beloved muse, Miss Katie, and stay in another state because of his new job. But thanks to his Lomo Smena Symbol, he was able to bring with him photographs of his sweetheart that somehow helped him forget the unnerving distance between them. Read on to find out more about this heartwarming story in this installment of My First Lomo Affair!

    7
  • Newcomer of the Week: life_on_acetate

    written by icequeenubia on 2014-06-01 in #lifestyle
    Newcomer of the Week: life_on_acetate

    His best friend and fellow lomographer weleasewoger72 used to make him feel bad about using an IPhone to take pictures. However, after trying out a Diana F+, our Newcomer of the Week, life_on_acetate, decided to ditch the digital territory and try his hand at analogue photography. Read on to find out more about this fascinating story of friendship and film photography!

    2
  • Shop News

    LC-Wide Elite Kit

    LC-Wide Elite Kit

    The LC-Wide Elite Kit gathers all the accessories you would ever need for your Lomo LC-Wide.

  • In Focus: Lomography x Zenit Petzval Art Lens

    written by cheeo on 2014-06-17 in #lifestyle
    In Focus: Lomography x Zenit Petzval Art Lens

    Revamping the classic design of the Petzval Lens born in Vienna, Lomography has indeed gone beyond what is needed to bring analogue shooters and filmmakers a one-of-a-kind lens in the new Petzval Art Lens. Read on to find out more about this high-quality lens after the jump.

  • On A Roll With Aguillem

    written by hembot on 2014-07-10 in #lifestyle
    On A Roll With Aguillem

    Alan, known in the Lomography community as aguillem, loves getting creative with film, kaleidoscopes and designing his own camera. Find out more about this master at work!

  • Special Film Stories With Akula

    written by hembot on 2014-07-11 in #lifestyle
    Special Film Stories With Akula

    Gregory, known in the community as akula talks about combining story telling, art and magnifying for his film experimentation. Keep reading to find out more!

    3
  • Shop News

    Fuji Instax Mini Neo & 10x Fuji Instax Mini Film

    Fuji Instax Mini Neo & 10x Fuji Instax Mini Film

    Save 20% on Fuji Instax Mini Film with this bundle and get 100 sheets for pure Instant fun! Plus, get to choose which Fuji Instax Mini Camera fits your personality!

  • Lomography x The Victoria and Albert Museum Presents a HORST Rumble

    written by hannah_brown on 2014-10-03 in #competitions
    Lomography x The Victoria and Albert Museum Presents a HORST Rumble

    Horst P. Horst was a fashion photographer who became famous for his striking use of composition and lighting. His photographs depict sheer and timeless beauty. The Victoria and Albert Museum is celebrating Horst's work with a retrospective exhibition of photographs from his prolific career. Lomography has teamed up with the V&A to give YOU the chance to win amazing prizes including tickets to see the exhibition, a book of his photographs and a Diana F+ Colette. Read on to find out more.

  • Petzval LomoAmigo: Lomokev

    written by hannah_brown on 2014-11-06 in #people #lomoamigos
    Petzval LomoAmigo: Lomokev

    By now most of you would have heard of Lomokev, one of the UK's most prolific film photographers. Based in Brighton, Lomokev loves to shoot with the trusty LC-A and his work has been featured in numerous publications and projects. We lent him a Petzval lens and asked him a few questions about what makes him tick. Here's an exclusive interview, along with a several fantastic shots by the talented UK-based photographer.

    4
  • Exquisitely Gloomy Black and Whites by Cody Thomas

    written by cheeo on 2014-06-05 in #lifestyle
    Exquisitely Gloomy Black and Whites by Cody Thomas

    Sometimes, experiments and curiosity yield the best results. This is what photographer Cody Thomas discovered when he tried out black and white film photography with his Holga camera. See more of his black and white photos after the jump.

    1
  • Shop News

    LomoKino & LomoKinoscope Package

    LomoKino & LomoKinoscope Package

    Enjoy a truly analogue moviemaking experience with Lomography's 35mm movie camera and an accompanying accessory to watch your films with. View your masterpieces in the most analogue way possible with the LomoKinoscope. Get it now 20% off the regular price!

  • Skate Photographer Joe Brook Shoots with the Petzval Lens

    written by antoniocastello on 2015-02-06 in #people #lomoamigos
    Skate Photographer Joe Brook Shoots with the Petzval Lens

    Joe Brook is one of the most popular photographers in the West Coast skate scene, shooting for magazines like Trasher, Juxtapoz, Rolling Stone, and different outlets such as PDN and Kodak. Having previous experience with an old Petzval lens mounted on a 4x5 camera, it was but natural for him to try the new one. Brook talks about finding himself, his work, and shooting with the Lomograhy Petzval Lens in this exclusive interview.

    2
  • Petzval LomoAmigo: Chris Gloag

    written by hannah_brown on 2015-02-04 in #people #lomoamigos
    Petzval LomoAmigo: Chris Gloag

    Chris Gloag is a UK based portrait photographer with an impressive portfolio of work. We were so impressed by his photos that we lent him a Petzval lens to test out. Meet Chris Gloag here.

  • A Chat with the Founder of STENOFLEX, Eric Marais

    written by jacobs on 2015-03-04 in #people #lifestyle
    A Chat with the Founder of STENOFLEX, Eric Marais

    Eric Marais is the founder of the portable dark-room experience, STENOFLEX. We recently had the chance to ask him some questions and he was kind enough to answer us! Read on to find out more about his company, his interest in photography and what's next for STENOFLEX!

    1