Untitled (Railroad Shunter J.J. Olivier and his wife) by David Goldblatt
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Gelatin silver print
Annotated, "Railroad Shunter J.J. Olivier and his twenty year old wife go to a different church every Sunday. 'No one can say that his is the only right way to worship' he said. In the parlour of their home in Bloemfontein 'double decker' railway quarters, is a large fridge. In the yard, a room for African maid. House rent: About $15 per month." on paper adhered, with artist and press date stamp, in ink, au verso
Printed circa 1966
David Goldblatt (1930-2018) was born in Randfontein, South Africa. He began photographing the structures, people and landscapes of his country in 1948. In 1989, Goldblatt founded the Market Photography Workshop in Johannesburg. In 1998 he was the first South African to be given a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 2001, a retrospective of his work, David Goldblatt Fifty-One Years began a tour of galleries and museums. He was one of the few South African artists to exhibit at Documenta 11 (2002) and Documenta 12 (2007) in Kassel, Germany. He held solo exhibitions at the Jewish Museum and the New Museum, both in New York. His work was included in the exhibition ILLUMInations at the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011, and has featured in shows at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Barbican Centre in London and in 2018, a major retrospective at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Goldblatt was the recipient of the 2006 Hasselblad award, the 2009 Henri Cartier-Bresson Award, the 2013 ICP Infinity Award and in 2016, he was awarded the Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres by the Ministry of Culture of France. Goldblatt died on June 25, 2018, in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Reportage That Rises Into Art - The New York Times, January 2019
David Goldblatt’s photographs tell the story of South Africa - 1843 Magazine, February 2019
David Goldblatt's photographs: documenting the casual horror of apartheid South Africa - The Guardian, October 2018
Obituary: David Goldblatt, photographer, 1930-2018 - British Journal of Photography, June 2018