Schadeberg can’t beat the Drum years

Mail & Guardian |  Sean O’ Toole:


An accomplished photographer in several parts of the world for six decades, he is still defined by his work in South Africa during the 1950s.


One night in 1955, five years after he had arrived in South Africa from Berlin, Jürgen Schadeberg walked into a Sophiatown dancehall with his Rolleiflex camera. He was 24 and had a head full of jazz (“I played Louis Armstrong in the air raid shelter when the Russians fired heavy artillery into Berlin,” he once told me).

Now 83, Schadeberg – who in April was garlanded with the 2014 Cornell Capa Lifetime Achievement Award, an important honour presented annually to a photographer of global repute by the International Centre for Photography in New York – remembers the scene vividly…


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