The Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography

In 2006 was made to David Goldblatt Johannesburg, South Africa.

David Goldblatt sadly left us in June of 2018 and as Digital Photo SA was not in existence at that time we are now paying tribute to him with a small sample of his work and the Hasselblad Foundation’s citation. David was vehemently opposed to the unnecessary suppression imposed on the African people during the apartheid period and his work often surreptitiously displayed the injustice. A full tribute to David Goldblatt can be read at

Afrikaans Commandos

A commando of National party supporters escorting the late Dr Hendrick Verwoerd to the party’s 50th Anniversary celebrations at de Wildt, Transvaal, October 1964.      

Johannes Rens

Johannes Rens, mayor of Letsemeng Local Municipality in the council chamber, Koffiefontein. 31st August 2004

Boss Boy

Boss Boy, Battery Reef, Randfontein Estates Gold Mine. 1966

The Foundation’s citation:

David Goldblatt‘s work is a life long observation of the social and political developments within South African society. He has been concerned to explore the relationship between individual subjects and the structures within which they live. His interest in the violent history of his country and his awareness of the symbolic significance of architecture form an extraordinary statement both personal and socio-political. Photography, in the words of David Goldblatt, reveals “something of the subtlety and ambiguity of our shifting and frequently contradictory perceptions of reality.” The reason why Goldblatt has been chosen for the Hasselblad Award is that his photographs are acute in historical and political perception. They provide a sense of the texture of daily life, and an important piece of missing information regarding life under apartheid in South Africa.

Farmers son

A farmer’s son with his nursemaid, Heimweeberg, Marico Bushveld. 1964