First Mandela and Schadeberg co-signed photograph up for auction in South Africa
January 31, 2014 - A brilliant composition, this image was printed in 2007 in order to raise funds for the Nelson Mandela Chidren’s Fund, however the original was taken in 1994, the height of new beginnings in SA politics. The first black President of the country and a Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Nelson Mandela established the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund in 1995. Given the context of his forming the group The Elders as well as publically asking President Mugabe to step down due to human rights violations in Zimbabwe in 2007, this photograph is not only a political statement, it is also a humanitarian statement. It truly embodies Madiba, the struggle, the forgiveness and the heart.