Selected Works

Anna Boois, goat Farmer, with her birthday cake and vegetable garden, Kamiesberge, near Garies, Namaqualand, Northern Cape (4_9003), 20 September 2003
Digital Prints on 100% cotton rag paper
A0 or A0+
Incomplete houses, part of a stalled municipal development of 1000 houses. The funding allocation was made in 1998, building started in 2003. Officials and a politician gave various reasons for the stalling of the scheme: shortage of water, theft of materials, problems with sewerage disposal, problems caused by the high clay content of the soil and the shortage of funds. By August 2006 420 houses had been completed. Lady Grey, Eastern Cape. 5 August 2006 (4_9896), 2006
Digital Prints on 100% cotton rag paper
A0+ (Paper: 112 x 137.5 cm Image: 98.5 x 127.5 cm)
Squatter camp of foreign nationals between the N1 and railway property at Woodstock, Cape Town. 22 August 2006 (4_9926), 2006
Digital Prints on 100% cotton rag paper
A0
Track seen from S28° 13.051, E17° 07.288, Richtersveld National Park, Northern Cape. (4_9077) , 2003
Digital Prints on 100% cotton rag paper
Frame: 126.5 x 151 x 5 cm
Arriving family, King George Street, Johannesburg. Circa 1955 (3_1358), 1955
Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper
40 x 30cm
A farmer's son with his nursemaid, Heimweeberg, Nietverdiend (3_A9941), 1964
Open edition Silver gelatin on fibre based paper
Aprox: 34 x 28cm
A flat cleaner going for a walk on his afternoon off, Hillbrow (2_09980), June 1972
Platinum print on Arches Platine 310gm

Time-office clerks and a miner, City Deep Gold Mine, Johannesburg (2_2868), 1966
Silver gelatin photograph

Soweto: At the Soccer Cup Final, Orlando Stadium (2_14218), 1972
Silver gelatin photograph

Miner's cottage and slimes dam, New Modder Gold Mine, Benoni, August 1965 (2_1037), 1965
Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper
40 x 40cm
Shop assistant, Orlando West, 1972 (2_14032), 1972
Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper
50 x 50cm
Spanner-man at the end of the shift, Western Deep Levels Gold Mine, Carletonville, 1970 (2_6072), 1970
Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper
Image: 46 x 46 cm Frame: 55 x 54.5 cm
Drum majorette, Cup final, Orlando Stadium, Soweto. 1972 (2_14220), 1972
Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper
approx. 30 x 40cm
Woman smoking, Fordsburg, Johannesburg. 1975 (2_21208), 1975
Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper
approx. 30 x 40cm
Woman dressed for an occasion. Joubert Park, Johannesburg. 1975 (2_22265), 1975
Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper
approx. 30 x 40cm
Woman collecting shellfish. Port St Johns, Transkei. 1975 (2_23047), 1975
Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper
approx. 30 x 40cm
Saturday afternoon in Sunward Park, Boksburg (2_27761_63), April 1979
Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper
approx. 30 x 40cm
At a meeting of the Voortrekkers in the suburb of Whitfield, Boksburg. June 1980 (2_28833), 1980
Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper
49.5 x 50.5cm
Girl in her new tutu on the stoep (2_29388), 1980
Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper
approx. 30 x 40cm
A plot-holder, his wife and their eldest son at lunch, Wheatlands, Randfontein (3_4907), 1962
Gelatin Silver Print
Work: 27.5 x 40.5 cm
Prancing stevedore, Durban, July 1948 (3_G5348/3_G5351), 1948
Carbon Ink on Hahnemuhle 315gsm
Image: 45.2 x 29.9 cm
Going home: Marabastad-Waterval route: for most of the people in this bus, the cycle will start again tomorrow at between 2 and 3 am (3_G5690), 1984
Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper
29 x 43.5 cm
Travellers from KwaNdebele buying weekly season tickets at the PUTCO bus depot in Marabastad, Pretoria (3_G5777), 1983
Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper
approx. 30 x 40cm
Luke Kgatitsoe in his house, bulldozed in February 1984 by the government after the forced removal of the people of Magopa, a black-owned farm, which had been declared a "black spot", Ventersdorp district, Transvaal. 21 October 1986 (4_4588), 1986
Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper
approx. 30 x 40cm
Dutch Reformed Church, completed in 1984, Quellerina, Johannesburg. 3 November 1986 (4_4627), 1986
Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper
Approx (A0) 86 x 110cm
The meeting place of the Jerusalema Apostolic Church in Zion, Melrose Bird Sanctuary, Johannesburg, 31 December 1987 (4_5226), 1987
Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper
approx. 30 x 40cm
Blitz Maaneveld at the Terrace, Woodstock, Cape Town, where he murdered a man with whom he had been gambling. 7 October 2008 (4_A0411), 2008
Silver gelatin print on fibre-based paper
Image size: approx. 49.5 x 62cm Framed: approx. 90 x 85.5cm
Here, on his bed, in 2007, Ellen Pakkies strangled her son Abie, after his need for money to feed his drug-addiction had led to him robbing the household of everything saleable for so long, that she could no longer bear the strain. Lavender Hill, Cape Town, 12 September 2010 (A_4489165), 2010
Silver gelatin on fibre-based paper
F:64 x 78cm P:44 x 58cm
Flushing Meadows and lightning masts, Site B, Khayelitsha, Cape Town, 11 October 1987 Structures (4_5131), 1987
Silver Gelatin Vintage Print
34 x 28 cm
Cafe-de-Move-On, Croesus, Johannesburg. 1964 (4_0043), 1964
Silver gelatin Vintage print
I: 35.5 x 27.5cm P: 40.5 x 30cm
Abraham Thipe with one of his arrangements and his deckchair, Newtown, 14 August 1990 (4_6611), 10 August 1990
Silver gelatin Vintage print
19 x 23 cm
Luke Kgatitsoe at his house, bulldozed in February 1984 by the government after the forced removal of the people of Mapoga, a black-owned farm, which had been declared a “black spot”, Ventersdorp district, Transvaal. 21 October 1986 (4_4588), 1986
Vintage Gelatin Silver Print
I: 28 x 35cm P: 30.5 x 40.5cm
Coal Merchant and his son, Soweto (2_10973), 1972
Silver Gelatin Vintage Print
Image: 18.8 cm Work: 25.2 cm
Cafe-de-Move-On, Croesus (4_0043), 1964
Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper
approx. 30 x 40cm
Highly carcinogenic blue asbestos waste on the Owendale Asbestos Mine tailings dump, near Postmasburg, Northern Cape. The prevailing wind was in the direction of the mine officals' houses at right. 21 December 2002 (4_8739), 2002
Digital print in pigment inks on 100% cotton rag
A0+
Bedroom, Soweto (3CT_0001_15), 1977
Digital Prints on 100% cotton rag paper
F:80 x 106cm P:63 x 90cm
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 1984. (4_3614), 1984
Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper
Work: 48.5 x 59.5 cm
Gang on surface work, Rustenburg Platinum Mine, Rustenburg. (2_7212), 1971
Silver gelatin on fibre based paper

Shaftsinking: air and water hoses have been lowered to the bottom and are being connected to drill the blast holes. President Steyn No. 4 Shaft, Welkom, Orange Free State (3_E9019), January 1970
Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper
Work: 55.5 x 38 cm
The watchman, Balnagask Court, Hillbrow, June 1972 (2_09933), 1972
Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper
55.5 x 55.5cm
Young men with dompas (an identity document that every African had to carry), White City, Jabavu, Soweto (2_13545), 1972
Gelatin Silver Print
Work: 40 x 40 cm

Biography

David Goldblatt (b.1930, Randfontein, South Africa) chronicled the structures, people and landscapes of his country from 1948 – through the rise of Afrikaner Nationalism, the apartheid regime and into the democratic era – until his death in June 2018. Goldblatt’s photography examines how South Africans have expressed their values through the structures, physical and ideological, that they have built. In 1989, Goldblatt founded the Market Photography Workshop in Johannesburg. In 1998 he was the first South African to have a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 2001, a retrospective of his work, David Goldblatt Fifty-One Years began a tour of galleries and museums. He was one of the few South African artists to exhibit at Documenta 11 (2002) and Documenta 12 (2007) in Kassel, Germany. He has held solo exhibitions at the Jewish Museum and the New Museum, both in New York. His work was included in the exhibition ILLUMInations at the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011, and has featured on shows at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Barbican Centre in London and in 2018, a major retrospective at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Goldblatt is the recipient of the 2006 Hasselblad award, the 2009 Henri Cartier-Bresson Award, the 2013 ICP Infinity Award and in 2016, he was awarded the Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres by the Ministry of Culture of France.

Channel

David Goldblatt
In Conversation With Matthew Krouse
11 April 2015
16 min 20 sec