Jürgen Schadeberg A Peculiar Londoner
Medium Silver print
Mount on original mount
Photo Date 1967 Print Date 1967
Dimensions 10-11/16 x 15-7/8 in. (271 x 403 mm)
Photo Country United Kingdom (UK)
Photographer Country South Africa
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
Signed on recto of photograph in lower margin. With date and name on verso in unknown hand. Schadeberg's best known and most important London image in a very rare vintage print of this well published image.
Jürgen Schadeberg's 50-year career places him at the forefront of South African photography. He joined Drum magazine's staff of three as the photographer in 1951, aged 20. As Drum grew into Africa's leading lifestyle magazine during the '50s and early '60s, Schadeberg edited its look, training several Black photographers. Schadeberg's images recorded the vibrant urban Black culture of the 1950s and its growing resistance to racial discrimination, themes with strong parallels to African-American experience. This affirmation of Black experience threatened the Apartheid regime. As Okwui Enwezor, director of the next Dokumenta, remarked, "the work of the Drum photographers exists beyond the realm of the visual and assumes an important ideological function" of transgression and defiance (Enwezor 1996). The Apartheid government realized this; Drum was banned in 1965.
Schadeberg moved to London, where he edited Creative Camera and taught photography and film-making at the Central School of Art and Design, and to New York, where he taught photography at the New School. In 1994, Schadeberg was again able to photograph Mandela as a free man, gazing through the bars of his former cell on Robben Island. Jürgen Schadeberg has returned to live in Johannesburg. Together with his wife, Claudia, he has produced several films and books.
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