David Goldblatt / Portraits / 2011

About

The great photographer and portraitist Bill Brandt said, simply: I think a good portrait ought to tell something of the subject’s past and suggest something of his future.
And Evelyn Hofer, who has been called ‘the most famous ‘unknown’ photographer in America’ said: In reality, all we photographers photograph is ourselves in the other… all the time.
These two statements, an ideal and an understanding, offer something approaching a ‘philosophy’ of portraiture to which I subscribe.

- David Goldblatt

In a solo exhibition at Goodman Gallery Cape, titled simply Portraits, photographer David Goldblatt brings together old and new portraits of South Africans taken over the course of his 50-year career. The exhibition includes several commissioned portraits of well-known South African figures never shown before, and a curated selection of photographs spanning the 1960s ‘70s and ‘80s.

Also on show is the series Ex-Offenders, recently shown at the 54th Venice Biennale, in which Goldblatt invites convicted and alleged criminals to revisit the scene of the crime of which they’ve been accused, and to be photographed there. “I wanted to burrow under the statistics,” says Goldblatt, “to meet some of the doers of crime, do portraits of them, and hear from them about their lives and what they had done.” Most of his subjects in the series were trying to go straight under very difficult circumstances, which is why Goldblatt refers to them not as criminals or offenders, but as ex-offenders.

David Goldblatt was born in 1930 in Randfontein, South Africa, and since the early 1960s he has devoted all of his time to photography. He has held solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the New Museum in New York, and the Fondation Henri-Cartier Bresson in Paris, among others. He was awarded the Hasselblad Award for Photography in 2006 and the Henri Cartier-Bresson Award in 2009, and he is the 2010 Lucie Award Lifetime Achievement Honoree. His work is included in major international collections, including those of the Bibliotheque National de Paris, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and the French National Art Collection. He has published several books of his work.

  • Members of the Constitutional Assembly on the steps of the Senate House in the parliamentary precinct, shortly after they had unanimously adopted the Constitution of South Africa, Cape Town. 11 October 1996 (4_8043CT)

    David Goldblatt

    Members of the Constitutional Assembly on the steps of the Senate House in the parliamentary precinct, shortly after they had unanimously adopted the ...

  • Jackie Selebi, then Director-General of Foreign Affairs, Union Buildings, Pretoria

    David Goldblatt

    Jackie Selebi, then Director-General of Foreign Affairs, Union Buildings, Pretoria, 1998

    Pigment inks on 100% cotton rag paper

    Imag...

  • Harry Oppenheimer, Brenthurst, Johannesburg, April 1985 (6CT_0004)

    David Goldblatt

    Harry Oppenheimer, Brenthurst, Johannesburg, April 1985 (6CT_0004), 1985

    Pigment inks on 100% cotton rag paper

    Image size: 37 x 37c...

  • Craig Williamson, former Security Policeman and spy, Pretoria

    David Goldblatt

    Craig Williamson, former Security Policeman and spy, Pretoria, 1986

    Pigment inks on 100% cotton rag paper

    Image size: 41 x 37cm

    ...
  • General Constand Viljoen and his wife at a rightwing meeting, (he had just been accused of treachery), Pretoria, 29 January 1994 (3CT_0021)

    David Goldblatt

    General Constand Viljoen and his wife at a rightwing meeting, (he had just been accused of treachery), Pretoria, 29 January 1994 (3CT_0021), 1994...

  • Raymond Mhlaba, Port Elizabeth (20_15)

    David Goldblatt

    Raymond Mhlaba, Port Elizabeth (20_15), 1990

    Pigment inks on 100% cotton rag paper

    Image size: 50 x 35cm

    Edition of 10

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  • Albie Sachs, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (3CT_0022)

    David Goldblatt

    Albie Sachs, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (3CT_0022), 1990

    Pigment inks on 100% cotton rag paper

    Image size: 50 x ...

  • Frene Ginwala, speaker of the National Assembly, 1994-2004, Cape Town (6CT_0005)

    David Goldblatt

    Frene Ginwala, speaker of the National Assembly, 1994-2004, Cape Town (6CT_0005), 1994

    Pigment inks on 100% cotton rag paper

    Image ...

  • PW Botha, then Prime Minister of South Africa, Union Buildings, Pretoria (3CT_0013)

    David Goldblatt

    PW Botha, then Prime Minister of South Africa, Union Buildings, Pretoria (3CT_0013) , 1983

    Pigment inks on 100% cotton rag paper

    Im...

  • Robert Mugabe, then Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, Harare (3CT_0018)

    David Goldblatt

    Robert Mugabe, then Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, Harare (3CT_0018), 1986

    Pigment inks on 100% cotton rag paper

    Image size: 50 x 35cm...

  • Andries Treurnicht, then leader of the Conservative Party, Parliament, Cape Town (6CT_0006)

    David Goldblatt

    Andries Treurnicht, then leader of the Conservative Party, Parliament, Cape Town (6CT_0006), 1984

    Pigment inks on 100% cotton rag paper

  • Janet Cherry after her release from detention by the Security Police, Port Elizabeth (2_31626)

    David Goldblatt

    Janet Cherry after her release from detention by the Security Police, Port Elizabeth (2_31626), 1985

    Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-ba...

  • Nelson Mandela, Houghton, Johannesburg, April 1994

    David Goldblatt

    Nelson Mandela, Houghton, Johannesburg, April 1994, 1994

    Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper

    Image size: 50 x 35cm

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  • Barney Simon, playwright, director, co-founder of the Market Theatre, Yeoville, Johannesburg (2_30448)

    David Goldblatt

    Barney Simon, playwright, director, co-founder of the Market Theatre, Yeoville, Johannesburg (2_30448), 1985

    Silver gelatin photograph on ...

  • Jeremy Cronin at the place where he exploded a pamphlet bomb on the Grand Parade in 1976, Cape Town, 30 May 1985 (2_31474)

    David Goldblatt

    Jeremy Cronin at the place where he exploded a pamphlet bomb on the Grand Parade in 1976, Cape Town, 30 May 1985 (2_31474), 1985

    Silver ge...

  • Nadine Gordimer, 1991 Nobel laureate in literature, Parktown, Johannesburg, 15 April 1985 (2_31331)

    David Goldblatt

    Nadine Gordimer, 1991 Nobel laureate in literature, Parktown, Johannesburg, 15 April 1985 (2_31331), 1985

    Silver gelatin photograph on fib...

  • Dr. Wendy Orr, then a District Surgeon who exposed torture of detainees by the Security Police, Port Elizabeth, 23 October 1985 (2_31605)

    David Goldblatt

    Dr. Wendy Orr, then a District Surgeon who exposed torture of detainees by the Security Police, Port Elizabeth, 23 October 1985 (2_31605), 1985

  • Piet Koornhof,  Marcelle Adams and Maria, October 1993 (2_40054)

    David Goldblatt

    Piet Koornhof, Marcelle Adams and Maria, October 1993 (2_40054), 1993

    Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper

    Image size: 3...

  • Lionel Abrahams, Victoria, Johannesburg (2_31761)

    David Goldblatt

    Lionel Abrahams, Victoria, Johannesburg (2_31761), 1985

    Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper

    Image size: 46 x 37cm

  • Ken Owen, then Editor of the Sunday Express, Johannesburg, August 1984 (2_30943)

    David Goldblatt

    Ken Owen, then Editor of the Sunday Express, Johannesburg, August 1984 (2_30943), 1984

    Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper

    ...
  • Helen Joseph, Norwood, Johannesburg, August 1984 (2_31019)

    David Goldblatt

    Helen Joseph, Norwood, Johannesburg, August 1984 (2_31019), 1984

    Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper

    Image size: 37 x 37...

  • Emmanuel Luthuli in his bedroom where he allegedly raped two girls. Sponjane, Eshowe, 30 August 2010 (4_A0719)

    David Goldblatt

    Emmanuel Luthuli in his bedroom where he allegedly raped two girls. Sponjane, Eshowe, 30 August 2010 (4_A0719),

    Silver gelatin print on ...

  • Moeneeb Jacobs at the shop in Loop Street, Cape Town, where he shot and killed the owner. 12 September 2010 (A_4489207)

    David Goldblatt

    Moeneeb Jacobs at the shop in Loop Street, Cape Town, where he shot and killed the owner. 12 September 2010 (A_4489207), 2010

    Silver gela...

  • Hennie Gerber where he tortured and then murdered Samuel Kganakga, Heriotdale, Johannesburg. 14 April 2010 (A_543998)

    David Goldblatt

    Hennie Gerber where he tortured and then murdered Samuel Kganakga, Heriotdale, Johannesburg. 14 April 2010 (A_543998), 2010

    Silver gelatin...

  • Here, in December 2004, Kwaneli Arosi and his friends tried to hijack a liquor truck. Phillipi, Cape Town, 16 July 2010 (4_A0694)

    David Goldblatt

    Here, in December 2004, Kwaneli Arosi and his friends tried to hijack a liquor truck. Phillipi, Cape Town, 16 July 2010 (4_A0694), 2010

    S...

  • Albiot Madiba was accused of raping a nine year-old girl here in 1999 at his grandmother's house in Phakeratlahane. 11 June 2010 (4_A0633)

    David Goldblatt

    Albiot Madiba was accused of raping a nine year-old girl here in 1999 at his grandmother's house in Phakeratlahane. 11 June 2010 (4_A0633), 2010<...

  • Here, high on drugs, Cinto White and a friend robbed a man after Cinto had shot him. Signal Hill, Cape Town, 31 May 2010 (4_A620)

    David Goldblatt

    Here, high on drugs, Cinto White and a friend robbed a man after Cinto had shot him. Signal Hill, Cape Town, 31 May 2010 (4_A620), 2010

    Si...

  • In 2006, from this house, Thobeka Nxewa stole a neighbour’s money and dvd player. Langa, Cape Town. 14 September 2010. (A_4489278)

    David Goldblatt

    In 2006, from this house, Thobeka Nxewa stole a neighbour’s money and dvd player. Langa, Cape Town. 14 September 2010. (A_4489278), 2010

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  • Kevin Lamohr of the Junky Funkies gang stabbed a member of the Americans here. Steenberg, Cape Town, 22 August 2010 (A_4489004)

    David Goldblatt

    Kevin Lamohr of the Junky Funkies gang stabbed a member of the Americans here. Steenberg, Cape Town, 22 August 2010 (A_4489004), 2010

    Sil...

  • Sammy Matsebula was a police officer when, in 1996, he joined in a cash heist here, in Lenasia South, Johannesburg. 14 June 2010 (4_A0647)

    David Goldblatt

    Sammy Matsebula was a police officer when, in 1996, he joined in a cash heist here, in Lenasia South, Johannesburg. 14 June 2010 (4_A0647),

    ...
  • Errol Seboledisho where he was arrested for shoplifting in 2002. Protea Glen, Soweto, 13 February 2010 (4_A0592)

    David Goldblatt

    Errol Seboledisho where he was arrested for shoplifting in 2002. Protea Glen, Soweto, 13 February 2010 (4_A0592),

    Silver gelatin photogr...

  • Paul Tuge where he hid after shooting a policeman in 2001. 18 February 2010 (A_02794)

    David Goldblatt

    Paul Tuge where he hid after shooting a policeman in 2001. 18 February 2010 (A_02794),

    Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper

  • Oufie Gamaldien at his first school, where he burnt another child with cigarettes. Woodstock, Cape Town, 17 November 2008 (4_A0444)

    David Goldblatt

    Oufie Gamaldien at his first school, where he burnt another child with cigarettes. Woodstock, Cape Town, 17 November 2008 (4_A0444),

    Sil...

  • A0273: Kapou Maaneveld where he robbed a man on Darling Street, Cape Town in 1987

    David Goldblatt

    A0273: Kapou Maaneveld where he robbed a man on Darling Street, Cape Town in 1987,

    Silver gelatin photograph

    40 x 50 cm

    Ed...

  • Blitz Maaneveld at the Terrace, Woodstock, Cape Town, where he murdered a man with whom he had been gambling. 7 October, 2008 (4_A0411)

    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),

  • In 2004 Steve Raykardos bought a Nissan motor car here with fraudulent papers. Silverton, 23 December 2010 (4_A0748)

    David Goldblatt

    In 2004 Steve Raykardos bought a Nissan motor car here with fraudulent papers. Silverton, 23 December 2010 (4_A0748),

    Silver gelatin pri...

  • Here, in 2005, Goodman Nhlanhla Hlope smashed a car window with a spark plug to steal a woman's handbag and cellphone. Maraisburg, 18 February 2010 (A_02769)

    David Goldblatt

    Here, in 2005, Goodman Nhlanhla Hlope smashed a car window with a spark plug to steal a woman's handbag and cellphone. Maraisburg, 18 February 2010 (A...

  • Khulelwa Pali at the house in Cape Town that she burgled in 2008. Site B, Khayelitsha, Cape Town, 23 August 2010 (A_4489111)

    David Goldblatt

    Khulelwa Pali at the house in Cape Town that she burgled in 2008. Site B, Khayelitsha, Cape Town, 23 August 2010 (A_4489111),

    Silver gel...

  • David Abramson (fourth from the right), CEO of the National Growth Fund (NGF) with his managedment team, Johannesburg, 1969 (2_4177)

    David Goldblatt

    David Abramson (fourth from the right), CEO of the National Growth Fund (NGF) with his managedment team, Johannesburg, 1969 (2_4177),

    Si...

  • The office staff of the Mineworkers Union, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, 1965 (2_1282)

    David Goldblatt

    The office staff of the Mineworkers Union, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, 1965 (2_1282),

    Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper

    ...
  • Pondo miners in their compound, Western Deep Levels Gold Mine, Carletonville, 1970 (2_6060)

    David Goldblatt

    Pondo miners in their compound, Western Deep Levels Gold Mine, Carletonville, 1970 (2_6060),

    Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based pa...

  • Mrs Miriam Diale in her bedroom, 5357 Orlando East, Soweto, October 1972 (2_12890)

    David Goldblatt

    Mrs Miriam Diale in her bedroom, 5357 Orlando East, Soweto, October 1972 (2_12890),

    Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper

    <...
  • Queen Monyeki in her kitchen, 1388A White City, Jabavu, Soweto, September 1972 (2_11876)

    David Goldblatt

    Queen Monyeki in her kitchen, 1388A White City, Jabavu, Soweto, September 1972 (2_11876),

    Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper...

  • Patience Poni visiting her parents, Ruth and Jackson Poni, 1510A Emdeni South, Soweto (2_11376)

    David Goldblatt

    Patience Poni visiting her parents, Ruth and Jackson Poni, 1510A Emdeni South, Soweto (2_11376), August 1972

    Silver gelatin photograph on ...

  • Young man at home, White City, Jabavu, Soweto (2_12560)

    David Goldblatt

    Young man at home, White City, Jabavu, Soweto (2_12560), 1972

    Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper

    approx. 30 x 40cm

    ...
  • JJ Oosthuisen, Senior Township Superintendent, Senoane, Soweto (2_14484)

    David Goldblatt

    JJ Oosthuisen, Senior Township Superintendent, Senoane, Soweto (2_14484), Jan 1973

    Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper

    a...

  • George and Sarah Manyane, 3153 Emdeni Extension, Soweto (2_10938)

    David Goldblatt

    George and Sarah Manyane, 3153 Emdeni Extension, Soweto (2_10938), August 1972

    Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper

    appro...

  • Ana Martins, 1388A White City, Jabavu, Soweto, 8 September 1972 (2_11919)

    David Goldblatt

    Ana Martins, 1388A White City, Jabavu, Soweto, 8 September 1972 (2_11919),

    Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper

    approx....

  • Young woman at a rooming house on Abel Road, Hillbrow (2_15607)

    David Goldblatt

    Young woman at a rooming house on Abel Road, Hillbrow (2_15607), March 1973

    Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper

    approx. ...

  • Domestic worker on Abel Road, Hillbrow (2_15613)

    David Goldblatt

    Domestic worker on Abel Road, Hillbrow (2_15613), March 1973

    Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper

    approx. 30 x 40cm

    <...
  • In the Alexandra Street Park, Hillbrow (2_9848)

    David Goldblatt

    In the Alexandra Street Park, Hillbrow (2_9848), 1972

    Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper

    approx. 30 x 40cm

    Editi...

  • Walking the 'madam's' dog, Hillbrow, June 1972 (2_9834)

    David Goldblatt

    Walking the 'madam's' dog, Hillbrow, June 1972 (2_9834), 1972

    Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper

    approx. 30 x 40cm

    ...
  • At 30 Soper Road, Berea, May 1972 (2_9446)

    David Goldblatt

    At 30 Soper Road, Berea, May 1972 (2_9446),

    Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper

    approx. 30 x 40cm

    Edition of 10...

  • At the Summit Club pool on Claim Street, Hillbrow (2_A0275)

    David Goldblatt

    At the Summit Club pool on Claim Street, Hillbrow (2_A0275), 1971

    Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper

    approx. 30 x 40cm<...

  • Brothers from Blikkies, Kurgersdorp, visiting Hillbrow. January 1973 (2_14338)

    David Goldblatt

    Brothers from Blikkies, Kurgersdorp, visiting Hillbrow. January 1973 (2_14338), 1973

    Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper

  • Avril Herber, Hurlingham, Johannesburg (2_19676)

    David Goldblatt

    Avril Herber, Hurlingham, Johannesburg (2_19676), 1974

    Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper

    approx. 30 x 40cm

    Edit...

  • Man at home, Windsor Park, Johannesburg (2_15733)

    David Goldblatt

    Man at home, Windsor Park, Johannesburg (2_15733), 1974

    Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper

    approx. 30 x 40cm

    Edi...

  • The house-painter's wife, Pretoria Street, Hillbrow (2_14409)

    David Goldblatt

    The house-painter's wife, Pretoria Street, Hillbrow (2_14409), Jan 1973

    Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper

    approx. 30 x...

  • A house-painter at home, Pretoria Street, Hillbrow (2_14415)

    David Goldblatt

    A house-painter at home, Pretoria Street, Hillbrow (2_14415), Jan 1973

    Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper

    approx. 30 x ...

  • The house-painter and his family, Pretoria Street, Hillbrow (2_14396)

    David Goldblatt

    The house-painter and his family, Pretoria Street, Hillbrow (2_14396), Jan 1973

    Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper

    appr...

  • A baby and his father in a rooming house on Abel Road, Hillbrow (2_14974)

    David Goldblatt

    A baby and his father in a rooming house on Abel Road, Hillbrow (2_14974), March 1973

    Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper

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  • A baby and his father in a rooming house on Abel Road, Hillbrow (2_15037)

    David Goldblatt

    A baby and his father in a rooming house on Abel Road, Hillbrow (2_15037), March 1973

    Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper

    <...
  • Rochelle and Samantha Adkins, Hillbrow (2_14526)

    David Goldblatt

    Rochelle and Samantha Adkins, Hillbrow (2_14526), 1973

    Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper

    approx. 30 x 40cm

    Edit...

  • A woman and her dog, Hillbrow (2_09987)

    David Goldblatt

    A woman and her dog, Hillbrow (2_09987), June 1972

    Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper

    approx. 30 x 40cm

    Edition ...

  • Young woman, Hillbrow (2_14390)

    David Goldblatt

    Young woman, Hillbrow (2_14390), 1973

    Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper

    approx. 30 x 40cm

    Edition of 10

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