Born in Randfontein in 1930, in 1948 David Goldblatt attempted to become a magazine photographer, a field then almost unknown in South Africa. Gradually he built up a professional practice mainly in the field of photo-journalism, specialising in work outside the studio photographing for magazines, corporations, advertising agencies and institutions. Recognizing the need for a facility to teach visual literacy and photographic skills particularly to people disadvantaged by apartheid, he founded the Market Photo Workshop in 1989. He regards himself as an unlicenced, self-appointed observer and critic of South African society which he continues to explore with the camera.

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