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David Goldblatt

David Goldblatt was born in Randfontein, South Africa, in 1930 and currently lives in Johannesburg.

He was born to parents who had moved to South Africa to escape religious persecution. Although he is internationally recognised for the socially engaged photography he has been producing since the early 1960s, his works do not portray the kind of horrific scenes that might be expected from testimonial photographs of apartheid and its violent aftermath.

In 1989 Goldblatt set up the Market Photography Workshop in Johannesburg, which seeks to “teach visual literacy and photographic skills to young people, with particular emphasis on those disadvantaged by apartheid”.

In 1998 he was the first South African to hold a solo exhibition at the MoMA in New York, and he was also one of the few South African artists to exhibit at Documenta 11 (2002) and Documenta 12 (2007) in Kassel, Germany. Goldblatt’s photographs are included in the collections of the South African National Gallery in Cape Town, the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the MoMA. Several books of his photographs have been published. Goldblatt is the recipient of the 2006 Hasselblad award, the 2009 Henri Cartier-Bresson Award and was recently declared the 2010 Lucie Award Lifetime Achievement Honoree.