David Gold­blatt:

Pho­tographs 1948-2018

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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

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