Goldblatt robbed in DBN

2014-07-02 00:00

WORLD famous South African photographer David Goldblatt and documentary film-maker Cliff Bestall were assaulted and robbed while filming the elephant sculptures by Andries Botha at Warwick Junction yesterday morning.

David Goldblatt (83) was injured during the incident and is currently ­recovering in hospital. Photographic and film equipment was stolen as well as cellphones.

Head of international relations for the municipality, Eric Apelgren, said the men were attacked by three men yesterday morning. “Cliff was filming and David photographing the sculptures when they were targeted.

“There was concern because he [David] had been bitten on the hand after he refused to let go of the camera.”

Apelgren said a case was opened with police and an appeal was being made for the return of the cameras.

Lisa Essers, owner of the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg, who represents Goldblatt, said Goldblatt “is currently working on a new body of work”.

Essers said Goldblatt who is well known for capturing images of SA under the apartheid era was now looking at “structures under democracy”.

Essers said Bestall had been commissioned by the gallery to make a documentary on Goldblatt and his work and was with Goldblatt shooting footage when the two were attacked.

In July last year, Goldblatt was robbed of his equipment in the Port Elizabeth township of New Brighton at the end of a trip around the Eastern Cape photographing various monuments. At the time Goldblatt said he had been mugged “several times” since an initial incident in 1964. — WR.

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