Nelson Mandela Foundation

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of Peter Magubane. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.

As an activist and documentary photographer, he was renowned for his courage in the face of apartheid state brutality. His photographic record of the life and times of Nelson Mandela is both extensive and full of emblematic images.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation worked closely with Ntate Magubane on a variety of projects over the years. In 2008 we became the custodians of his original exhibition “Mandela: Man of the People” and have presented versions of it to the public in our own facility and in partner institutions. He was always willing to share information with us and support our Mandela legacy work.

We will miss Ntate Magubane’s sharp eye and dry sense of humour. We will remember the support he gave to Mandela family members while Madiba was in prison. And we will always value a body of photographic work carrying great historical and artistic significance.

Hamba kahle Ntate.

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Razia Saleh and Zanele Riba receiving donated images from photographer and anti-apartheid activist Peter Magubane

(Image: Nelson Mandela Foundatiom)
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Nelson Mandela Foundation members with Peter Magubane as he donates various images to the archive