David Goldblatt was an internationally renown photographer from South Africa. David Goldblatt was born in Randfontein, South Africa in the year 1930. His grandparents had moved to South Africa in the late 1890’s to avoid the persecution of Jewish people in Lithuania.
Goldblatt was best known for his black and white images of apartheid South Africa. He was also known for his imagery of landscapes. He exposed the harsh realities of the life of a poor person working in a mine or even of a prostitute.
Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $60,000.
In this clip from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art a brief interview with David Goldblatt talking about what his apartheid photographs:
The artist thought that using color was too sweet for the conditions that existed under apartheid. Later in his career, after the invention of digital images and much more technology involved in printmaking, the artist enjoyed using color as it could be captured the way he saw it.
Goldblatt began working with photography in 1948 and never stopped working in the field.
David Goldblatt passed away in June of 2018 from complications due to cancer.
David Goldblatt had a great eye for capturing the uniqueness of people, his work often reminds me of Diane Arbus. His choice of using black and white images to portray a gray and colorless existence reminds me of graphic artist Käthe Kollwitz.