David Goldblatt Some Afrikaners Revisited

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Some Afrikaners Revisited

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The work of David Goldblatt – as recipient of the 2006 Hasselblad Foundation Award undoubtedly South Africa’s most prominent active photographer – reflects a life-long exploration of the relationship between individual South Africans and the society they live in. His first extended photographic essay was compiled in the 1960s. When it was finally published in 1975 as Some Afrikaners Photographed, the book created quite a stir locally. Eventually most of the small print-run had to be sold off for a song.

Considered one of the major photographic works in this genre, Some Afrikaners Photographed was never reprinted and is almost impossible to obtain. Some Afrikaners Revisited offers an additional twenty images from the periods which were not included in the original book, notes by Goldblatt on how both books came into being, a contextualizing essay by Ivor Powell and Antjie Krog’s impressionistic response to the images.

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David Goldblatt was born in 1930 in Randfontein, the youngest of Eli Goldblatt and Olga Light’s three sons. He became interested in photography while at Krugersdorp High School. While taking a BCom degree, his interest in photography grew and he dreamed of becoming a magazine photographer. As a young man, he admired and pored over the images in magazines such as Life, Look and Picture Post. In 1963 he decided to devote all his time to photography. Gradually he concluded that his photographs would not suit headline journalism, as he was more interested in the critical observation of the conditions of the society he lived in than in illustrating news events. His photographs are concise but not self-explanatory, hence the precise style of his captions.

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Almost all of Goldblatt's photographs have different layers of interpretation through which the viewers, according to their experience and previous knowledge, unravel a tale. Indeed, behind each one of Goldblatt's images there are several stories, most of them related to vital questions, which affect in a direct or tangential way the values by which the country (South Africa) moved and moves. Throughout his career, Goldblatt has been searching for a photograph that would discover, probe, reveal or clarify some of these values. --From the citation for the 2006 Hasselblad Foundation Award

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