Under colonial rule, South Africa was already a highly segregated and unequal society, but the radicalized separation of people was intensified after the election of the National Party in 1948. The Population Registration Act of 1950 defined individuals as ‘white’, ‘black’ or ‘colored’ and David Goldblatt decided to document the social structures of life during the apartheid. The photographer managed to provoke as much sympathy and respect for the colored individuals struggling that for the Afrikaners attached to their land, as his discourse intended more to blame the political system that had led to these injustices. In 1975, while shooting portraits, he became fascinated by how people composed themselves before a camera: ‘what became apparent to me as I worked was that, in our body language, in our clothing, in our decoration, we often declared our values.’ He thus decided to produce a series focusing on details of people’s bodies. At other times, these fragments were habitations or institutions destined to be knocked down and that stood for moving witnesses of the authorities’ perverted strategy.