Jürgen Schadeberg (South African, born 1931) Nelson Mandela during the Treason Trial, Pretoria, 1958 unframed

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Lot 5
Jürgen Schadeberg
(South African, born 1931)
Nelson Mandela during the Treason Trial, Pretoria, 1958 unframed

Sold for £ 3,120 (US$ 4,155) inc. premium
Jürgen Schadeberg (South African, born 1931)
Nelson Mandela during the Treason Trial, Pretoria, 1958
signed 'Jurgen Schadeberg' (lower right), dated 'Pretoria 1958', inscribed with title and numbered 14/18 (lower left); extensively inscribed (verso)
silver gelatin hand print
40.6 x 30.5cm (16 x 12in).
unframed

Footnotes

  • Literature:
    R.P. Seippel (ed.), Jürgen Schadeberg, (Cologne & Johannesburg, 2008), illustrated pg. 52.

    The above work depicts Mandela and Moses Kotane leaving the court (a converted synagogue) in Pretoria:

    "On October 13th, the then Editor of Drum Magazine come rushing out of his office and requested a photographer to urgently rush to Pretoria...something is going to happen...go yourself", he said to me...just as I arrived in front of the Synagogue, the doors burst open and the accused emerged, lighting cigarettes. In the picture Mandela emerges beaming from the court, to his left is Moses Kotane, an ANC leader at the time." (Jürgen Schadeberg, 2007)

    The Treason Trial lasted four and a half years and not one of the 156 accused were convicted.

    Police arrest was a risk that Drum photographers frequently encountered and Schadeberg was arrested at the Treason Trial in 1955.
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