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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.

Jurgen Schadeberg was born in Berlin in 1931 and, while still in his teens, worked as an apprentice photographer for a German Press Agency in Hamburg. In 1950 he emigrated to South Africa. Jurgen Schadeberg, sometimes known as "The Father of South African Photography", is a principle figure in South African and World Photography. His major body of work, which spans 70 years and incorporates a collection of some 200,000 negatives, captures a wealth of timeless and iconic images.

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 1950s 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 in 1964, 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.

In 2007 Jurgen was awarded the Officer’s Verdienst Kreuz First Class by the German President and in 2014 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the ICP in New York.

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A Peculiar Londoner
Jürgen Schadeberg A Peculiar Londoner

Price $5,000
Sale Price $3,500

Main Image

Ref.# 8401

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


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