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Jürgen Schadeberg came to South Africa in 1950 from war torn Berlin and he was one of the few white photographers who documented black life, capturing on film the Rise of the Freedom Movement, Apartheid Repression and the vibrancy of township life and culture. Jürgen Schadeberg was responsible during his association with Drum Magazine for creating a vibrant photographic department and for training a number of talented and successful black photographers.
The Schadeberg Collection of Photographs brings to life key social, cultural and political events and personalities in South Africa's turbulent history.
Historic events covered include the Defiance Campaign of 1953, the 1956 Treason Trial, the Sophiatown removals of 1958, the Sophiatown jazz and social scene, the Sharpeville Funeral of 1960 and images of Robben Island and former Robben Islanders in 1994. Personalities include Nelson Mandela in the fifties, Walter Sisulu, Oliver Tambo, Trevor Huddlestone, Govan Mbeki and former Robben Islanders, as well as fifties jazz legends such as Dolly Rathebe, Kippie Moeketsi, Thandi Klaasens, Miriam Makeba and Dorothy Masuka.
The Schadeberg Collection also includes unique images of England in the seventies, from housing estates in Hackney to May Balls in Cambridge, as well as a diverse range of European images. A rare series of pictures of the San People of the Kalahari "Dance of Exorcism", taken in 1959, also features in The Schadeberg Collection.
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