Don’t miss the launch of David Goldblatt’s No Ulterior Motive at David Krut Bookstore in Joburg (3 Feb)
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Join David Krut Bookstore and Jonathan Ball Publishers for a conversation about No Ulterior Motive, a new book on the work of the late acclaimed South African photographer David Goldblatt.

Panellists Brenda Goldblatt, Ruth Motau and Andile Bhala will be in discussion, moderated by Terry Kurgan.

No Ulterior Motive is a panorama of Goldblatt’s career, elucidating his artistic commitments, networks, and influence.

The book coincides with a major traveling retrospective of Goldblatt’s work. From vintage handprints of the artist’s black-and-white photography, taken between the 1950s and the 1990s, to his post-apartheid, large-format, color work, photographs in the volume are approached thematically – under headers such as ‘Assembly’, ‘Disbelief’, ‘Dialogues’, and ‘Extraction’ – to draw out the artist’s core interests in working-class people, the landscape, and the built environment.

Objects from Goldblatt’s (1930-2018) personal archive are also included.

In an effort to create a more inclusive dialogue around Goldblatt’s work, the catalogue features images and texts by contemporary photographers and scholars, many of whom were mentored by Goldblatt, including Zanele Muholi and Sabelo Mlangeni. Some write on Goldblatt’s photographs, while others discuss his influence on their own work.

Goldblatt devoted his life to documenting his country and its people. Known for his nuanced portrayals of life under apartheid, he covered a wide range of subjects, all of them intimately connected to South African history and politics.

The wide-ranging voices in this catalogue foster a broad frame of reference for his work, thus countering a frequent misunderstanding of apartheid as a situation peculiar to South Africa.

Event details

Date: Saturday 3 February 2024
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Venue: David Krut Bookstore, 51 Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood, Johannesburg
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