The Pleasure–and Challenges–of Photographing Nelson Mandela

By David Walker

©Jillian Edelstein

Nelson Mandela in 1997. ©Jillian Edelstein

Nelson Mandela, the legendary African National Congress leader and former South African president, was a symbol of hope, justice and human rights to people around the world. South African photographers who saw him up close over the years—both before his international fame and afterwards– recall a man who was every bit as charismatic, gracious, and good humored as his public image suggested. Despite all the access Mandela gave them–or perhaps because of it–photographers found it challenging to get a unique portrait of him. “He was unendingly charming,” says South African photographer Louise Gubb, who …read more

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