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19 February 2022

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

So we're pleased to present the 436th in our series of Saturday matinees today: Jürgen Schadeberg, The Father of South African Photography.

The Cooperative of Photography has just released this 2:43 video on the work of Jürgen Schadeberg, who died in 2020.

In our obituary of Schadeberg, we noted he was born in 1931 in Berlin where he was raised during the Nazi regime before emigrating to South Africa in 1949.

There he became a staff photographer and graphic designer for Drum magazine. As a photojournalist he was one of the few white photographers to capture the daily life of black South Africans during apartheid.

This video presents a number of his most important works over the 70 years in which he made over 200,000 negatives.

"His contribution during the struggle included mentoring some of the most creative young South African photographers and his role has earned him recognition as 'The Father of South African Photography,'" the video explains.

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