David Goldblatt

One of South Africa’s most famous documentary photographers, David Goldblatt (1930 – 2018) is internationally acclaimed for his work. The grandson of Lithuanian-Jewish immigrants, he was born in the small mining town of Randfontein, Johannesburg. His interest in photography was sparked by his mother giving him a camera and after he matriculated in 1948, Goldblatt set his sights on a career in photojournalism. He steadfastly avoided photographing any of the turning points in South African history. He published a number of books, was one of the first South Africans to be represented in the New York Museum of Modern Art and his work is exhibited and collected in some of the leading galleries and private collections around the world. In addition to a host of prestigious international awards, he also held honorary doctorates from the University of Cape Town, the University of the Witwatersrand, and the San Francisco Art Institute. Goldblatt is survived by his wife Lily, three children and two grandchildren.