martedì 12 febbraio 2013


"David Goldblatt has been photographing and documenting South African society for over 50 years. Born in Randfontein in 1930 to parents who came to South Africa to escape the persecution of Lithuanian Jews in 1890, he was simultaneously part of privileged white society and a victim of religious persecution and alienation.

David GoldblattHoldup in Hillbrow, Johannesburg, November 1963David Goldblatt -- Steven with Sight Seeing Bus, Doornfontein, Johannesburg, 1960

Motivated by his contradictory position in South African society, Goldblatt began photographing this society, and in 1963 decided to devote all of this time to photography.

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Goldblatt focuses on critical explorations of South African society. While he uses photography as a means of accessing and exploring people and societies, David Goldblatt is acutely aware of the ethics of photography, and has used the camera as a way of capturing the complexities and intricacies of the specific conditions and situations that he photographs.

David Goldblatt - A farmer’s son with his nursemaid, Heimweeberg, Nietverdiend, 1964 David Goldblatt -- - Baby with childminders and dogs in the Alexandra Street Park, Hillbrow, Johannesburg, 1972 David Goldblatt -- - Three women at 39 Soper Road, Berea, Johannesburg, May 1972 David Goldblatt - A plot-holder with the daughter of a servant, Wheatlands, Randfontein, September 1962 Trevor Mabuela, born in Alexandra Township, Johannesburg, 2010

His photographs are neither propaganda nor violently provocative, but rather become far more complex, meditative documents that are open to interpretation and that permeate far more deeply, and for longer than the initial shock and violence associated with documentary and news photography."

All Images © David Goldblatt

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