In Memory of David Goldblatt

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of David Goldblatt, a photographer whose life’s work documented the impact of the structural divide of Apartheid and its ongoing legacy in South Africa. He developed a critical position towards the subject of his photographs while remaining unflinching in his mode of photography. Goldblatt was a world-renowned photographer, he will be remembered by the many photographers who he mentored and engaged in re-writing the country’s narratives, through supporting them in telling their own stories. His memory lives on in the work of all of those who have passed through the Market Photo Workshop. 

Our love and thoughts go out to the Goldblatt family and all whose lives he touched.

"A domestic worker's afternoon off, Johannesburg", 23/06/1999 David Goldblatt. Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris

David Goldblatt

Born in 1930 in Randfontein, South Africa, Goldblatt started taking photographs around 1948. He worked professionally since 1963. His personal work consisted of a number of critical explorations of South African society, several of which have been exhibited and published in book form. His book, Particulars, was awarded the Arles Book Prize for 2004. In 2006 he was given the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography and in 2009 the Henri Cartier-Bresson Award. He received honorary doctorates from the University of Cape Town and the University of the Witwatersrand and the San Francisco Art Institute. His work has been exhibited in museums in South Africa, United States, Europe and Australia and is held in many public and private collections. In 1989, Goldblatt founded the Market Photo Workshop with the principal objective of teaching visual literacy and photographic skills to people disenfranchised by apartheid. 


The funeral will take place Tuesday, 26 June 2018 at 12h00 at the Jewish Helping Hand & Burial Society, West Park Rd, Montgomery Park, Randburg, 2195

A service will be provided at the Goodman Gallery tomorrow, 26 June at 17h15

All are welcome to attend.