With the death of David Goldblatt, documentary photography loses a giant


Courrier International, Published on 25/06/2018 – 16:54. Article édited for Orish’Art Studio by ASC


Photo: Mikhael Subotzky


The death of the South African photographer, tireless witness and slayer of apartheid, was announced Monday, June 25. An immense loss, according to the press of his country.

He was “Huge” within the photographic report landscape, saluted on Monday, June 25th the site The South African in his tribute to David Goldblatt. The newspaper Mail & Guardian had announced earlier that the photographer, known for his images of apartheid (segregationist power of the white minority in South Africa, 1948-1991), died at the age of 87 years old.

As The South African points out:

Goldblatt’s career spanned seventy years, during which he told the stories of South Africans through his lenses.

Witness the evils of South Africa


Engaged without being didactic, the photography of David Goldblatt left to the spectator the liberty to make his own opinion on the inequalities and the violence emanating from the scenes of which he was the witness, in particular during the apartheid. The man was born in Randfontein, not far from Johannesburg, from a family of Lithuanian emigrants. Still according to The South African:

His life seemed to revolve around the idea of ​​belonging and around social constructs that marginalize communities. Hungry for iconic and evocative images, he began to review and dissect the evils of South African society. His images have become proof to the outside world of the oppression of the apartheid regime.

David Goldblatt’s work had been the subject of numerous retrospectives, one of which had just been completed at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Awarded many prizes and distinctions, the photographer was made Commander of Arts and Letters in France in 2016.




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