Remembering South African Photographer David Goldblatt

He captured the truths of his country in an urgent and nuanced way

South African photographer David Goldblatt, born in 1930, made images that were shaped by the political history with which his lifespan intersected, and he possessed a singular drive to capture the truths of his country in a manner that was both urgent and nuanced. When he died on Sunday at 87, he left a legacy of rich reflection in the form of his many books.

Looking at White Privilege Under Apartheid

The South African photographer David Goldblatt revisits white, middle-class life under apartheid in a new edition of his 1982 book, “In Boksburg.”

for the country’s white middle class — the group that thrived under apartheid — that existence was captured in David Goldblatt’s seminal 1982 book, “In Boksburg,” which is being republished this month by Steidl

29th Annual ICP Infinity Awards Honors Art, Photo-J, and Photos That Mix Both | PDNPulse

“There is no more meaningful honor than one given by one’s peers,” said photographer David Goldblatt as he accepted the Cornell Capa Lifetime Achievement award last night. Goldblatt’s was the last of the awards given at the 29th Annual International Cente

“There is no more meaningful honor than one given by one’s peers,” said photographer David Goldblatt as he accepted the Cornell Capa Lifetime Achievement award last night

Bamako 2011 David Goldblatt

I came to people who had done crime or been accused of it. If they had been in prison, they were now free or on parole. Where to do the photographs? I wanted to do them in situations that were somehow related to the crimes they had committed

David Goldblatt’s Johannesburg (6 photos)

TJ Johannesburg Photographs 1948-2010/Double Negative is a joint project by photographer David Goldblatt and writer Ivan Vladislavic.  The result is an exceptional dialogue between Goldblatt’s 270 images taken over more than 60 years of photographing Johannesburg, a metropolis scarred by the consequences of apartheid, and Vladislavic’s narrative fiction.