South African photographer David Goldblatt remembered in Sydney exhibition
Exclusive to Sydney, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) is showcasing the work of seven decades from internationally-renowned South African photographer in their latest exhibition: David Goldblatt: Photographs 1948 – 2018 until March 3, 2019.
Having grown up in the gold-mining town Randfontein, Goldblatt was a third-generation Lithuanian-Jewish immigrant who had passion for photography.
However, these passions were put aside when he had to step in to run the family business.
Once the business was sold, Goldblatt was finally able to focus on his photography, where he has famously captured and documented the daily lives of white and black South Africans under apartheid.
Using a damaged German Contax camera that was brought home from World War II, Goldblatt had created 357 works mainly in black and white to reflect to the dark history of South Africa.
MCA Director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE said she hopes that visitors of the exhibition will be able to explore an artist who showcased the complexities of South Africa’s political background through tales of race and racism, industry and the land.
“David Goldblatt is a living legend of photography,” she said.
“This exhibition is highly appropriate for the Sydney International Art Series, which brings the world’s most acclaimed international artists to Sydney.”
Curated by MCA Chief Curator Rachel Kent, the exhibition features his key black-and-white and colour photographs, and are accompanied by a feature-length documentary screened alongside exhibition, and an audio guide of Goldblatt speaking about some of his works.
MCA Chief Curator Rachel Kent also expressed how privileged she felt when working so closely with Goldblatt for the exhibition, gaining her exclusive insight into the history, landmarks, people and personal stories that inspired Goldblatt throughout his career.
“David will remain known as one of the most influential documentary photographers of the 20th-century” she added.
David Goldblatt: Photographs 1948–2018
Date: Until 3 March 2019
Where: Museum of Contemporary Art Australia 140 George St, The Rocks NSW 2000
Tickets: Adult $24 | Concession $19 | Family $59
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, 140 George St, The Rocks NSW 2000