Stories through Photography: Mandela Portraits through the decades

Stories through Photography: Mandela Portraits through the decades

11 Jul 2018 ARTS & CULTURE

By Zuko Komisa

With Mandela Month upon us, we look at some amazing photography by artist from around the world who have captured this world-renown icon. These photographs all have a story to tell about the life and times of one of the most celebrated leaders in our generation. As we Celebrate Mandela 100, we are #WalkingWithMandela.

Nelson Mandela addresses a rally attended by over 100, 000 people at Soccer City Stadium in Soweto on 13 February 1990. (AFP)


ANC president Nelson Mandela is flanked by Jeff Radebe (L) and Jacob Zuma (R), at a cultural day in Durban on 24 October 1993, attended by 50 000 people. (AFP)

Nelson Mandela, photographed in Soweto by celebrated photographer Annie Leibovitz

Nelson Mandela and his wife Winnie Madikizlea-Mandela are pictured on their wedding day in 1957.

This picture was taken on February 11, 1990, shows Nelson Mandela and his then-wife Winnie raising their fists and saluting the cheering crowd upon Mandela’s release from the Victor Verster prison near Paarl. (AFP)

Nelson Mandela by Yousef Karsh

Greg Bartley shot this incredible portrait of Madiba. 

This 2011 portrait of former South African President Nelson Mandela is by photographer Adrian Steirn. This was a series of 21 Icons that this beautiful nation has produced.

Amnesty International did a campaign recreating some of Mandela’s moments in Robben Island for an awareness campaign, shot by Miro Minarovych.