Sunday, February 10, 2008


There’s a guy here named David Goldblatt. And a wonderful friend named Karen in Montpelier, France introduced me to him, strangely enough. She’s an English teacher there.

David has been capturing the changing landscape of South Africa for over 50 years or so. Some of his exhibitions or group exhibitions are named “Apartheid: The South African Mirror” (just ended in Barcelona), “South Africa, The Structure of Things Then,” and “Intersections.” I think he’s nearly 80 now, going to be 78 this year. And he has some great photographs if you can search through the site (you have to click a gallery and then look for artists and then find him, so it’s not a direct link).

In 2006, he won the first—well he was the first South African to win the highest prize in photography. It’s called the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography (the hasselblad is a really expensive camera, if you know photography). So this time, I don’t have to spend a lot of time writing about art you can’t see. You can actually go to the sight and try to view some of the pictures.

They are not necessarily shocking or immediately grabbing. They are just real in the line of a photographic story-teller. Enjoy.

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