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Apartheid era photographer Jurgen Schadeberg dies aged 89

By: stagedoorscribbler - September 21, 2020

Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Photograph by Hattie Miles

Jurgen Schadeberg was a crucial eye-witness to South Africa’s struggle for freedom during apartheid era and what he saw was shared with the world.  
Photojournalist Schadeberg, who has died aged 89, was a powerful pictorial historian who captured  the tragedies and triumphs of country in conflict.
Born in Germany, he arrived in South Africa in the 1950s and began working for Drum magazine. As chief photographer of that publication he was perfectly placed to catalogue the developing struggles of the anti apartheid protests and soon became well known to key figures like Nelson Mandela and of course Desmond Tutu.
Schadeberg would go on to take many iconic images of a brutally oppressed society. In 2014 he was honoured with the Cornell Capa Lifetime Achievement Award, for outstanding achievements in photography.
This week tributes on social media described him  “ an incredible pictorial historian” and  “a man of intense passion and profound empathy”
While Benny Gool, a multimedia journalist who works with the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, said that he grew up worshipping Jurgen Schadeberg’s work and spoke of his respect for the courage Schadeberg displayed.