David Goldblatt: No Ulterior Motive coincides with a major traveling retrospective of the renowned South African photographer’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.

Edited by Judy Ditner, Leslie M. Wilson, and Matthew S. Witkovsky
Preface by Njabulo S. Ndebele
Contributions by Melissa Harris, Candice Jansen, Hilton Judin, Lebohang Kganye, Daniel Magaziner, Sabelo Mlangeni, Ruth Motau, Zanele Muholi, Jo Ractliffe, Ilze Wolfe, and Yechen Zhao

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Dimensions: 9.5 x 11 in.
  • Pages: 280
  • Illustrations: 178 color and black-and-white illustrations