David-Goldblatt-IC_Visual Lab

As we mentioned before, IC-Visual Lab was waiting to announce the first big surprise of the season.

In collaboration with Multistory & RRBPhotobooks, we are very thrilled to host a conversation with David Goldablatt & Martin Parr. Goldblatt began photographing in 1948 and has documented developments in South Africa through the period of apartheid to the present. According to Goldblatt, the conditions of South Africa have not changed that much for poor people since apartheid. He also states, “It will take generations to undo the consequences of Apartheid.” He continues to make photographs of the area including the landscape.

This event is a very rare opportunity to see one of the Masters of documentary photography of all times. Please bear in mind, there won’t be tickets at the door, tickets should be purchased in advance.

There is a maximum capacity of 60 places for this event so be quick if you don’t want to miss it.

This event is now fully booked, if you are still interested, please drop us an email info(at)icvl.co.uk and we will put you on the waiting list.

Thanks to everybody for the interest!
© Hansgert Lamberts

© Hansgert Lamberts

Goldblatt began photographing in 1948 and has documented developments in South Africa through the period of apartheid to the present. He has numerous publications to his name and is held in high esteem, both locally and internationally. His book, South Africa: The Structure of Things Then, published in 1998, offers an in-depth visual analysis of the relationship between South Africa’s structures and the forces that shaped them, from the country’s early colonial beginnings up until 1990. During apartheid, Goldblatt documented the dreadfully extensive and uncomfortable twice-daily bus trips of black workers who lived in the segregated “homelands” north east of Pretoria in his work The Transported of KwaNdebele. According to Goldblatt, the conditions of South Africa have not changed that much for poor people since apartheid. He also states, “It will take generations to undo the consequences of Apartheid.” He continues to make photographs of the area including the landscape.

His work is held in major museum collections worldwide. A solo exhibition of his work was held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in 1998. Interest in Goldblatt’s work increased significantly after the eleventh Documenta(Kassel, 2002), as well as a travelling exhibition of 51 years of his work (Barcelona, 2001). At Documenta two projects were shown: black-and white work depicting life in the middle-class white community of Boksburg in the 1970s and ’80s, as well as examples of later colour work from the series Johannesburg Intersections. The comprehensive retrospective of his work, which opened in the AXA Gallery in New York in 2001, offered an overview of Goldblatt’s photographic oeuvre from 1948–1999.

Goldblatt cites writers, rather than visual artists, as his major influences. Among these writers are Herman Charles Bosman, Nadine Gordimer, Njabulo Ndebele, Ivan Vladislavic and playwright Barney Simon.

Goldblatt was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of The Royal Photographic Society in 2007. These are awarded to distinguished persons having, from their position or attainments, an intimate connection with the science or fine art of photography or the application thereof.

David Goldblatt lives in Johannesburg.