David Goldblatt (South African, born 1930) Three men rest at the side of the track between Bute Asbestos Mine and Heuningvlei in Northern Cape

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Lot 129*
David Goldblatt
(South African, born 1930)
Three men rest at the side of the track between Bute Asbestos Mine and Heuningvlei in Northern Cape

Sold for £ 1,320 (US$ 1,815) inc. premium
David Goldblatt (South African, born 1930)
Three men rest at the side of the track between Bute Asbestos Mine and Heuningvlei in Northern Cape
signed, dated and numbered 'David Goldblatt 18 December 2002 14/60' (lower right margin),
digital pigment print
38.1 x 47cm (15 x 18 1/2in).

Footnotes

  • Born in 1930 in Randfontein, South Africa, David Goldblatt is one of the continent's most important photographers. He began photographing in 1948 and has since documented generations of South Africans living normal lives in abnormal circumstances. His photographs are neither propaganda nor violently provocative, but rather become complex, meditative documents that are open to interpretation and that permeate far more deeply, and for longer than the initial shock and violence associated with documentary and news photography.

    The current work comes from David Goldblatt's Blue Asbestos series, which was shot in 2002 and marked a turning point in his career as he moved from black and white into colour. "I became interested in blue asbestos when a friend of mine died of mesothelioma, the cancer that it causes. It's a very pretty material, with a lovely blue colour, but if a susceptible person inhales even a tiny piece of the fibre and it gets embedded in their lung, it can create this cancer that lies latent for anything from five to 50 years. Thousands of people in South Africa's northern Cape have been affected by it."

    Goldblatt won the Hasselblad Award in 2006 and the Henri Cartier-Bresson Award in 2009. His work can be found in prestigious collections in South Africa and worldwide, including MoMA, the Victoria & Albert, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the French National Art Collection and the Stedelijk Museum.
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