My Highlights from SP-Arte 2014
Varying dimensions from 10 7/8 x 10 7/8 in. (27.6 x 27.6 cm) to 15 1/8 x 15 in. (38.4 x 38.1 cm)
Titles include: A Plot-holder with the daughter of his servant, Wheatlands, Randfontein, 1962; B. Falk, mine captain, City Deep Gold Mine, Johannesburg, 1966; Domestic worker on Abel Road, Hillbrow, Johannesburg, 1973; Fifteen year old Lawrence Matjee after his assault and detention by the Security police, Khotso house, de Villiers Street, Johannesburg, 1985; Woman with pierced ear, Joubert Park, Johannesburg, 1975; Saturday afternoon in Sunward Park, Boksburg, 1979; Eloff Street, Johannesburg, 1967; House near Phuthaditjhaba, QwaQwa, 1 May, 1989; Mother and child in their home after the destruction of its shelter by officials of the Western Cape Development Board, Crossroads, Cape Town, 11 October, 1986
Signature: Each signed, titled and dated in pencil on the verso.
Contrasto, David Goldblatt, Photographs, pp. 30-31, 71, 96, 124-125, 144-145
Goldblatt, South Africa The Structure of Things Then, pp. 91, 204
Gordimer, Lifetimes under Apartheid, pp. 51, 114
Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Fifty-one years: David Goldblatt, cover, pp. 87, 110, 173, 185, 189, 241, 252, 301, 303
Photo Poche, David Goldblatt, pls. 11, 41, 51
The South African Photographic Gallery, David Goldblatt: In Boksburg, pl. 50
Acquired directly from the artist, 2002
For over 60 years, photographer David Goldblatt has documented the far-reaching effects of Apartheid in South African society with directness and humanity. A descendent of Jewish immigrants, Goldblatt’s own position as an outsider afforded him a deeper appreciation for the daily injustices suffered by South Africa’s oppressed majority. He rarely takes pictures of obvious violence or brutality, instead turning his lens toward the complexities of everyday life, observing the quiet suffering of black workers on their daily bus commutes or the casual privilege of white Afrikaners. In South Africa: The Structure of Things Then (1998), Goldblatt published a collection of photographs capturing literal and ideological structures that shaped his native country. He has expanded his practice in recent years to include color photography, as well as broadened his focus to cover the ravages of AIDS and consumerism on an already delicate post-Apartheid society.
South African, b. 1930, Randfontein, South Africa