David Goldblatt chronicled the people, structures and landscapes of his country from 1948, through the rise of Afrikaner Nationalism, the apartheid regime and into the democratic era. His broadest series, which spans six decades of photography, examines how South Africans expressed their values through the marks they make in the landscape - buildings, monuments, places of worship.
In 1998 Goldblatt was the first South African to have a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (1998). In 2001, a retrospective of his work, David Goldblatt Fifty-One Years, began a tour of galleries and museums in Europe and the UK. He was among the few South African artists to exhibit at Documenta 11 (2002) and Documenta 12 (2007) in Kassel, Germany.