The first monograph on the great chronicler of South Africa, Jurgen Schadeberg. With his famous pictures of Nelson Mandela, Miriam Makeba, and many other contemporary witnesses. Quite a few impressive images by Jurgen Schadeberg (1931 in Berlin) have gone down in history.
The young photographer went to South Africa in 1950 to work for Drum, the first magazine for black readers; later, he worked for Life and Stern magazines. In the early fifties, he did portraits of young attorney Nelson Mandela and singer Miriam Makeba, and documented the wild nightlife in Sophiatown, a dynamic black neighborhood in Johannesburg. Revealing the great poverty endured by most of the black population ultimately became his chief focus.
In 1964, when Drum was banned, Schadeberg left the country and spent the next decades in Europe and the United States, photographing people in ordinary circumstances, without ever resorting to stereotyping them or depriving them of their dignity. Schadeberg returned to South Africa in 1985, and in 1994 he shot yet another photo that was distributed around the world: Nelson Mandela, the first black president of South Africa, at the window of his former prison cell on Robben Island. Schadeberg, who has been a teacher to many important contemporary artists, now lives and works near Paris.