David Goldblatt, one of the world’s most well-known documentaries and photo journalists, died at the age of eighty He focused on many issues ranging from apartheid and poverty to AIDS and gentrification in South Africa. Goldblatt, a child of a Lithuanian family of Jewish origin, started his career in magazines and newspapers at a young age by taking portrait and landscape photographs.
In the 1970s, in the Swato area of Johannesburg, he took the issue to the world’s agenda by documenting the people who had to live in isolation because of apartheid policies. During this period, David Goldblatt stated that he was interested in values–what he valued in South Africa, how he achieved those values, and how he directed his objective towards them. He worked in black and white because he believed that the issue reflected its seriousness better. In the 1990s, he began to work in colour with the official end of apartheid policies.
He moved his entire archive he had previously given to the University of Cape Town to Yale University in the United States on the grounds that he had been censored last year.