JURGEN SCHADEBERG (Born 1931)

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PICNIC ON THE RIVER THAMES, 1980 by JURGEN SCHADEBERG (Born 1931) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

PICNIC ON THE RIVER THAMES, 1980

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MAY BALL, CAMBRIDGE, 1983 by JURGEN SCHADEBERG (Born 1931) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

MAY BALL, CAMBRIDGE, 1983

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MAY BALL, CAMBRIDGE, 1983 by JURGEN SCHADEBERG (Born 1931) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

MAY BALL, CAMBRIDGE, 1983

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NELSON MANDELA IN HIS CELL ON ROBBEN ISLAND (REVISIT), 1994 by JURGEN SCHADEBERG (Born 1931) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

NELSON MANDELA IN HIS CELL ON ROBBEN ISLAND (REVISIT), 1994

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GAMBLERS IN A SMOKEY CORNER IN SOPHIATOWN, 1955 by JURGEN SCHADEBERG (Born 1931) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

GAMBLERS IN A SMOKEY CORNER IN SOPHIATOWN, 1955

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LIGHTING UP, JOHANNESBURG, 1953 by JURGEN SCHADEBERG (Born 1931) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

LIGHTING UP, JOHANNESBURG, 1953

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AVOIDING THE PASS, JOHANNESBURG, 1955 by JURGEN SCHADEBERG (Born 1931) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

AVOIDING THE PASS, JOHANNESBURG, 1955

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THE PENNYWHISTLERS WITH LEMMY 'SPECIAL' MABASO, JOHANNESBURG, 1953 by JURGEN SCHADEBERG (Born 1931) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

THE PENNYWHISTLERS WITH LEMMY 'SPECIAL' MABASO, JOHANNESBURG, 1953

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PRISCILLA MTIMKULU, 'MAKING UP', 1952 by JURGEN SCHADEBERG (Born 1931) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

PRISCILLA MTIMKULU, 'MAKING UP', 1952

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SOPHIATOWN DEFIANCE, 1955 by JURGEN SCHADEBERG (Born 1931) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

SOPHIATOWN DEFIANCE, 1955

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Jürgen Schadeberg, dubbed the "The Father of South African Photography", has an extensive archive of photographs, spanning sixty years. Influenced by Henri Cartier-Bresson, he has taken photographs all over the world, in particular in South Africa, where he documented the Apartheid, giving an insight into South African culture during the 1950s.

Schadeberg was born in Berlin on 18 March 1931, the son of an actress and the owner of a small textile company. He left school at fifteen and became an apprentice for a German press agency in Hamburg, training as a photographer. However, in 1950, Schadeberg left Germany, scarred by the war years, and moved to live with his mother in South Africa. In 1951, at just twenty years old, Schadeberg joined "Drum" magazine and became one of three staff working there at the time. Over the next two decades, "Drum" grew into one of Africa's leading magazines and Schadeberg became it's head photographer, creating a department of photographers whom he taught, and many of whom went on to become successful photographers in their own right. Schadeberg's photographs over these two decades document important figures in the history of South Africa, such as Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu, and pivotal moments including, the Defiance Campaign, 1952; the Treason Trial, 1958; and the Sharpeville Funeral in 1960.

In 1965, however, "Drum" was banned and Schadeberg moved abroad, first to London, then Spain, New York and France, travelling around Europe and the United States for the next twenty years. He taught photography at schools in New York and Hamburg and continued to work as a photographer for publications such as "The Sunday Times".

Schadeberg's travels resulted in numerous photo-essays which, starting from a humanist perspective, focused unashamedly on the daily lives of ordinary people from around the world.

In 1985, Schadeberg returned to South Africa with his wife, Claudia, and made both documentary and fictional films about the South African community. He has also published many photographic books.

Jürgen and Claudia Schadeberg now live in Berlin.

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