David Goldblatt (1930-2018) is internationally renowned for his portrayal of South Africa during the rise and dismantling of Apartheid; with their intense human focus, his photographs offer powerful reflection and insight into the country’s turbulent political and social history. Part of Sydney International Art Series, this exhibition features Goldblatt’s key photographic series as well as early vintage prints and never-before-seen material from the artist’s personal archive. Presented by the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia until 3 March 2019, ‘David Goldblatt: Photographs 1948-2018’ showcases images that depict South Africa’s mining industry, white middle class, forced segregation of non-white communities, and stories of the country’s ex-offenders and their crimes. Goldblatt’s work resonates with human struggles across the globe, and the brutal history of modern civilisation, including that of Australia.
Hold-up in Hillbrow, Johannesburg, 1963, silver gelatin photograph on fiber-based paper © The David Goldblatt Legacy TrustCourtesy Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg and Cape Town, and Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney