David Goldblatt is interviewed (by African Lookbook)

David Goldblatt (Photo by David Southwood)

David Goldblatt (Photo by David Southwood)

Aaron Kohn’s African Lookbook interview with David Goldblatt covers a wide swath of subject matter—from childhood experiences, how he began working as a photographer after his father’s death, and why he was never cut out to be a “political” photographer (because “I am a coward,” he says, and because “I’m interested in the underbelly” of things, rather than surface tensions). We learn, also, about the details of how the influential Market Photo Workshop came into being—through a mixture of informal networks between friends, fundraising, idealism, and actual work, making the ideals an ongoing reality. His deep, respectful collaborations with writers like Nadine Gordimer are borne of his belief that “writers in this country came to grips with this society and tried to unravel it and pierce it and ponder it and sum it up and look for relationships in ways that other people weren’t doing,” and that writers were doing this difficult work in ways that “photographers weren’t.” Continue reading