David Goldblatt, the South African photographer who rose to fame for his unflinching photographs of life both during and after apartheid, has died at age 87. He was asleep at his home in Johannesburg when he died early this morning, according to a statement from Goodman Gallery, which represented the artist for many years and will now represent his estate.

“David Goldblatt’s death is a very sad day for us all at Goodman Gallery and indeed for South Africa,” said director Liza Essers in a statement. “David was a dear friend and I will miss him very much. I am privileged to have known him and worked closely together for the past decade. In that time, David offered me his unwavering support, commitment and mentorship. David’s passing is a significant loss to South Africa and the global art world.” Read more