David Goldblatt: Ex Offenders at the Scene of Crime

South Africa and England, 2008-2016


This book is not yet published, but will be available from December 2021.

ISBN: 9783958293403 Category:

David Goldblatt


The origins of this book lie in David Goldblatt’s simple observation that many of his fellow South Africans, regardless of their race and class, are the victims of often violent crime. “I have asked myself,” says Goldblatt, “not least in the fear and fury of holdups with knives and guns, who are you? Are you monsters? Are you ‘ordinary’ people-if there are such? How did you come to do this? What are your lives?” And so began in 2008 Ex Offenders at the Scene of Crime, for which Goldblatt photographed criminal offenders and alleged offenders at the place that was probably life-changing for them and their victims: the scene of the crime or arrest. Each portrait is accompanied by the subject’s written story in his or her own words, for many a cathartic experience and the first opportunity to recount events without being judged. To ensure the integrity of his undertaking, Goldblatt paid each of his subjects 800 rand for permission to photograph and interview them, and any profit from the project will be donated to the rehabilitation of offenders. Ex Offenders also features Goldblatt’s portraits and interviews of black subjects in West Bromwich, England, made in collaboration with the community arts project Multistory.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 32.8 x 48.4 cm
Publisher name Steidl
Publication date 31 December 2021
Number of pages 56
Format Hardback
Dimensions 32.8 x 48.4 cm
Weight 300 g


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Born in Randfontein in 1930, David Goldblatt is a definitive photographer of his generation, esteemed for his engaged depiction of life in South Africa over more than 50 years. His work concerns above all human values and is a unique document of society during and after apartheid. Goldblatt's photos are held in major international collections, and his solo exhibitions include those at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1998 and the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson in Paris in 2011. In 1989 Goldblatt founded the Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg to teach visual literacy and photography especially to those disadvantaged by apartheid. In 2006 he received the Hasselblad Award.