Jürgen Schadeberg

Mandela in Cell, 1994

Framed vintage print


Vintage gelatin silver print, printed in 1998
Signed, titled, dated on recto
Signed, titled, dated on verso
Print size: 40 x 50 cm
Image size: 30 x 44 cm

Only 1 Available

Born in Germany (1931), Schadeberg left Berlin at 19 for South Africa, where he became the chief photographer, Picture Editor, and Art Director at Drum Magazine. He became known as the Father of South African Photography for capturing the beginnings of the freedom movement, the effects of apartheid and the vibrancy of township life. Schadeberg photographed many historic and pivotal events in the 1950s, among them the Defiance Campaign of 1952, the 1956 Treason Trial, the Sophiatown removals of 1955, the Sophiatown jazz and social scene, the Sharpeville funeral of 1960 and pictures of Robben Island inmates. Many of his iconic images are of key political figures (such as Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Oliver Tambo, Trevor Huddleston and Govan Mbeki), as well as 1950’s jazz legends (Dolly Rathebe, Kippie Moeketsi, Thandi Klaasen and Miriam Makeba).

This iconic photograph was taken in 1994, when Mandela revisited his Robben Island cell following his release from prison in 1990.  Schadeberg captured Mandela’s emotion and nostalgia on returning to his 2 x 2.5 metre cell, where he spent 18 years of his 27 year sentence. This was where Mandela studied, did push-ups and reflected on the goal of the liberation of his people. Hand-printed by Schadeberg in 1998, this vintage print is a very special work. The print is book-mounted and sits in a beautiful black-stained Ash frame. Total framed dimensions are 58 x 67 x 3.4 cm. Please allow 3 – 4 weeks for framing and shipping. Other works from Schadeberg are available, to see a wider selection please contact us: info@atlasgallery.com

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