Dr Jürgen Schadeberg

Born in 1931 in Berlin, Germany. Lives and works in Spain.

Dr Schadeberg, whose career spans more than 65 years, has been called the father of South African photography. He emigrated to South Africa from Berlin in 1950 at age 19. There, he became chief photographer, picture editor, and art director at Drum Magazine. During the 1950s, he documented pivotal moments in the struggle against Apartheid. He photographed key political figures including Nelson Mandela, Dr. Moroka, Walter Sisulu, and Yusuf Dadoo as well as jazz and literary stars such as Dolly Rathebe, Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Kippie Moeketsi, and many others.

Dr Schadeberg left South Africa for London in 1964. From then until his return in 1985, he served as a freelance photojournalist for leading publications in Europe and America; taught at the New School in New York, the Central School of Art & Design in London, and the Hoch Kunst School in Hamburg; and curated several exhibitions, including The Quality of Life at the New National Theatre Complex in London.

His collection of photographs includes more than 200,000 negatives and 70 years’ worth of capturing a wealth of timeless and iconic images.


A German Rebel in South Africa by James Estrin. 2014 Read here
Spain 1969 – 2014 2014
Six Decades of South African Photography 2013
Schadeberg Visits Germany – 6 Decades 2012
Great Britian 1964/84 2012
Portrait d’Un Village Français 2010
Horizon d’Esperance (Recent SA Colour Images 2001-2008) 2010
Jurgen Schadeberg – A Retrospective 2008
Tales from Jozi 2007
Jazz, Swing & Blues – SA Jazz over six decades 2007
Jurgen Schadeberg – Photographies 2005
Voices from the Land – A study of farm life and farm conditions in South Africa 2005
The Book of Life – A look at the UNDP Aids Programme in SA 2004
Witness – A Retrospective 52 years: A look at life through the lenses 2004
The San of the Kalahari 1959 2002
Soweto Today 2002
The Black & White Fifties 2002
South African Classics 1995
Sof’town Blues 1995
Voices from Robben Island 1994
Drum 1991
Nelson Mandela & the Rise of the ANC 1990
The Fifties People of South Africa 1987
The Finest Photos from the Old Drum 1987
Kalahari Bushman Dance 1982
Jürgen Schadeberg 1981


2014 International Center of Photography Cornell Capa Lifetime Achievement Award
2014 Doctor Honoris Causa for Life work – Valencia University Politecnia 2014
2010 Photographer of the Year, Normandy, France
2008 Africa Festival Award, Wurzberg, Germany
2006 Verdienst Kreuz First Class, Germany
2005 Lifetime Work Award, Cape Town, South Africa