Monday, December 15, 2008

Jurgen Schadeberg

Here's another great photographer: the Father of South African Photography.

Jurgen Schadeberg
was born in Berlin but later moved to South Africa in 1951 and worked for Drum Magazine, where he took iconic photos and trained others to do the same. From the every day scenes of township jazz, to well known figures like Walter Sisulu (and my favourite, Miriam Makeba).

And, perhaps his most famous photograph: Nelson Mandela, free.

Schadeberg left South Africa when Drum was banned. He worked as a photojournalist in Europe and America, and taught at schools in London and New York. He periodically has exhibits of his work, and you can keep track of when and where those are here.

(Pic of Jurgen Schaderg and his wife Claudia)

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