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Biography of David GOLDBLATT

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Born on 29/11/1930 (format : day/month/year)

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David Goldblatt (born nov 29,1930) is a South African photographer.

Goldblatt, David (b. 1930), South African photographer, sometimes called ‘the father of South African documentary photography’. His role as mentor to younger generations of photographers is unquestionable. But Goldblatt himself resists any straightforward ‘documentary’ label. Professional since 1963, and based for many years at Leadership magazine, Goldblatt founded the progressive Market Photography Workshop in Johannesburg in 1989. His work encompasses the impact of mining, the class and race fragilities of whiteness, the homogenization of South African towns, and the effects of Bantustan policy on African commuters (for the Carnegie Commission). His great long-term thematic project on structures and environments, and the values inscribed in them, surfaced with remarkable coherence and timeliness after apartheid's end with South Africa: The Structure of Things Then (1998).

Solo Exhibitions

1974 - Photographers' Gallery, London
1975 - National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
1975 - Photography Place, Sydney
1977 - Durban Art Gallery, Durban, South Africa
1978 - Market Theatre Galleries, Johannesburg (et al.)
1983 - Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg
1983 - Pretoria Art Gallery, Pretoria
1983 - SA National Gallery, Cape Town
1985 - Side Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
1986 - Photographers' Gallery, London
1998 - The Museum of Modern Art, New York;
Netherlands Architecture Institute, Rotterdam
1999 - South African National Gallery, Cape Town
2001 - Galerie Krings-Ernst, Cologne
2001-2005 - David Goldblatt - Fifty-One Years. Axa Gallery, New York;
MACBA Barcelona (organizer);
Witte de With, Rotterdam;
Centro Cultural de Belem-Fundacao, Lisbon;
Modern Art, Oxford;
Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels;
Lenbachhaus, Munich;
Johannesburg Art Gallery
2002 - Galerie Krings-Ernst, Cologne
2004 - Galerie Marian Goodman, Paris
2005 - Galería Elba Benítez, Madrid
David Goldblatt – Intersections. museum kunst palast, Düsseldorf;
Camera Austria, Graz
2006 - Rencontres d'Arles, Eglise Sainte-Anne, Arles
Hasselblad Center, Göteborg
2007 - David Goldblatt – Intersections. Huis Marseille, Amsterdam;
Berkeley Art Museum
2007 - D. G. - Südafrikanische Fotografien 1952 - 2000. Fotomuseum Winterthur

Group Shows

1986 - South Africa: the Cordoned Heart, South Africa and the USA
1995 - 1. Johannesburg Biennial, Johannesburg
1996 - Contemporary Art from South Africa, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
1996 - In/Sight, African Photographers, 1940 to the Present, Guggenheim Museum, New York
1998 - Blank_ Architecture, Apartheid and After. Rotterdam and Berlin
2000 - Home. Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
Rhizomes of Memory, Three South African Photographers, with George Hallett and Santu Mofokeng. Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo
Eye-Africa, Revue Noir, Cape Town, Europe and the USA
2001 - The Short Century - Befreiungsbewegungen in Afrika. Villa Stuck, Munich;
Haus der Kulturen der Welt im Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin;
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago;
P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York
Head North. Bildmuseet, Umeå
2002 - documenta 11, Kassel
Shock. Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
2003 - Strangers: the first ICP triennial of photography and video International Center of Photography, New York, NY
2004 - Citigroup Photography Prize 2004. The Photographers’ Gallery, London;
museum kunst palast, Düsseldorf
Fotografie aus Südafrika. Galerie Christine König, Vienna
History, Memory, Society, withHenri Cartier Bresson and Lee Friedlander. Tate Modern, London, 2004
Eye Spy: Photography from the Permanent Collection. MCASD Downtown, San Diego, USA
Faces in the Crowd - Picturing Modern Life from Manet to Today. Whitechapel Art Gallery, London;
Museo D’Arte Contemporanea Castello Di Rivoli, Turin
8 South African photographers. Det Nationale Fotomuseum, Copenhagen
2004-2006 - Afrika Remix. Zeitgenössische Kunst eines Kontinents. museum kunst palast, Düsseldorf;
Hayward Gallery, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Moderna Museet, Stockholm


On The Mines. With Nadine Gordimer. Cape Town 1973
Some Afrikaners Photographed. Johannesburg 1975
Cape Dutch Homesteads. With Margaret Courtney-Clark and John Kench. Cape Town 1981
In Boksburg. Cape Town 1982
Lifetimes: Under Apartheid. With Nadine Gordimer. New York 1986
The Transported of KwaNdebele. With Brenda Goldblatt and Phillip van Niekerk. New York 1989
South Africa: the Structure of Things Then. Cape Town; New York 1998
Lesley Lawson: David Goldblatt. London 2001 (Phaidon 55)
David Goldblatt Fifty-One Years. Barcelona 2001
Particulars. Johannesburg 2003 (“Prix du Livre ”, XVIe Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie Arles 2004)
David Goldblatt – Intersections. Munich et al. 2005
David Goldblatt: Photographs: Hasselblad Award 2006, ISBN 3775719172

Works in Public Collections

museum kunst palast, Düsseldorf
Durban Art Gallery
Johannesburg Art Gallery
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
South African National Gallery, Cape Town
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris
FNAC, Paris
University of South Africa, Pretoria


1987 - Hallmark Fellow at the Aspen Conference in Design, Aspen, Colorado
1992 - Gahan Fellow in Photography at Harvard University
1995 - Camera Austria Prize
2001 - Honorary Doctor in Fine Arts, University of Cape Town
2006 - Hasselblad Award - Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography.

Last update : 07/08/2008

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