Top photographer robbed, bitten in Durban

2014-07-03 09:37
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The Witness

Durban - World-famous photographer David Goldblatt, 83, hasn’t let an attack that had him hospitalised put him off his stride, and he is back wielding a camera again.

On Tuesday, Goldblatt was assaulted and robbed while photographing the elephant sculptures by Andries Botha at Warwick Junction in central Durban.

He was discharged from hospital on Wednesday after undergoing treatment and plastic surgery on his hand, which was badly bitten by one of the robbers who stole his camera.

“I’m back working,” Goldblatt told The Witness. “I came down here to work and this incident has put me back by three days.”

Goldblatt is currently working on a project photographing public sculptures and monuments around the country.

Goldblatt was photographing Botha’s sculptures on Tuesday morning when he and documentary filmmaker Cliff Bestall were attacked and robbed. Bestall is making a documentary on Goldblatt and his work.

In July last year, Goldblatt was also 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.

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