MCA to Exhibit the Work of Iconic Photographer David Goldblatt


Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art has announced that photographer David Goldblatt’s first major retrospective in the southern hemisphere will come to our shores in October of this year.

Currently on show at Paris’ Centre Pompidou, the collection will pay tribute to a career spanning six decades, and works that helped to establish him as one of the greatest living photographers in modern history. Born in South Africa in 1930, Goldblatt lived through some of the most turbulent times of South Africa’s troubled past, most notably the rise and fall of Apartheid. The retrospective will include his work exploring South Africa’s mining industry, white middle class, forced segregation of black and Asian communities into townships under the Group Areas Act, and stories of the country’s ex-offenders and their crimes. A new feature-length documentary on the artist will also be screened alongside his photographic series and pieces from his personal archive.

David Goldblatt, Fifteen-year-old Lawrence Matjee after his assault and detention by the Security Police, Khotso House, de Villiers Street (2_31686), 1985. Image courtesy the artist and Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg © the artist

Until the end of the ’90s, Goldblatt shot almost exclusively in black and white. A project that had him photographing the deadly effects of blue asbestos in northern Australia was what initially piqued his interest in colour photography, followed closely by the dismantling of Apartheid in his home country. As Goldblatt explained, “Color is much more sensuous, sweet and welcoming. For Apartheid and the anger and fear that it stirred, there was no other medium than black and white.”

Keep an eye out for tickets going on sale soon. David Goldblatt 19 October 2018 – 3 March 2019 at MCA, Sydney.

David Goldblatt, Hold-up in Hillbrow, Johannesburg (3_8834), 1963. Image courtesy the artist and Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg © the artist
David Goldblatt, A plot-holder, his wife and their eldest son at lunch, Wheatlands, Randfontein. September 1962 (3_4907), 1962. Image courtesy the artist and Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg © the artist
David Goldblatt, Young men with dompas (an identity document that every African had to carry), White City, Jabavu, Soweto (2_13545) 1972. Image courtesy the artist and Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg © the artist
David Goldblatt, Waitress, Bezuidenhout Park. November 1973 (2_18256), 1973. Image courtesy the artist and Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg © the artist
David Goldblatt, Concession store (shop catering especially to Black miners) interior, Crown Mines, May 1967 (2_2879), 1967. Image courtesy the artist and Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg © the artist
David Goldblatt, Blitz Maaneveld at the Terrace, Woodstock, Cape Town, where he murdered a man with whom he had been gambling. 7 October 2008 (4_A0411), 2008. Image courtesy the artist and Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg © the artist
David Goldblatt, Eyesight testing at the Vosloosrus Eye Clinic of the Boksburg Lions Club (2_28640), 1980. Image courtesy the artist and Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg © the artist

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