International Center of Photography announced the 2014 Infinity Awards Winners recognizing Hulton Archive Contributor, Jürgen Schadeberg with the Cornell Capa Lifetime Achievement Award

“It is with great joy that we honor this remarkable pool of talent,” said ICP Executive Director Mark Lubell. “This year’s recipients have each made significant contributions to the field of photography and the powerful way in which the image is viewed and interpreted around the world.”

Jürgen Schadeberg is a German-born South African photographer, editor, curator, and teacher known for his depictions of Apartheid, particularly his iconic images of Nelson Mandela.

"It’s a great honour to be given this Cornell Capa ICP Lifetime Achievement Award - especially since I will be following in the footsteps of such notable winners as Cartier Bresson, Elliot Erwitt and Andre Kertesz. As a documentary photographer one often works in isolation and independently so it is very rewarding and gratifying when one's work is recognised publically by such a prestigious award. I hope that this award will help to throw a spotlight onto the value of documentary photography."

Here is a sample of his work - for more, view his collection on Getty Images


South Africa's first black President Nelson Mandela revisits his prison cell on Robben Island, where he spent eighteen of his twenty-seven years in prison, 1994. (Photo by Jurgen Schadeberg/Getty Images)


Two men hide from the police in Johannesburg, 1955. If caught in the city without a pass, black citizens were subject to arrest. (Photo by Jurgen Schadeberg/Getty Images)


Friends at a pub in Newport, Wales, 1984. On the right is photographer Martin Parr. (Photo by Jurgen Schadeberg/Getty Images)

Four gamblers in a smoky corner in Sophiatown, a suburb of Johannesburg, circa 1955. (Photo by Jurgen Schadeberg/Getty Images)

About Jurgen Schadeberg

Jurgen Schadeberg was born in Berlin in 1931 and, while still in his teens, worked as an apprentice photographer for a German Press Agency in Hamburg. In 1950 he emigrated to South Africa and became Chief Photographer, Picture Editor and Art Director on Drum Magazine.

It was during this time that Jurgen photographed pivotal moments in the South Africa of the fifties. These photographs represent the life and struggle of South Africans during Apartheid and include important figures in South Africa’s history such as Nelson Mandela, Moroka, Walter Sisulu, Yusuf Dadoo and many others who have been documented at key moments such as during The Defiance Campaign of 1952, The Treason Trial of 1958, The Sophiatown Removals and the Sharpeville Funeral in 1960.

In 1964 Jurgen left South Africa for London and during the sixties and seventies freelanced as a photojournalist in Europe and America for various prestigious magazines. Before returning to South Africa in 1985 Jurgen lived and photographed in London, Spain, New York and France. The photographs from this period represent a rich mix of social documentary work.

Jurgen has published many books and has had a series of major shows including: New York in 2001, the Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago; a Retrospective at the South African National Gallery in Cape Town in 1996; Paris, 2002;  Berlin in 2003; Budapest 2004; Bochum Museum Retrospective 2005 and 2006 a touring exhibition of new work “Voices from the Land” in South Africa. Numerous shows followed in 2006 and 2007 including London, Esslingen, Bayreuth, Koln, Belgium, Oslo, Tuscany, Kunsthalle, Wien, Johannesburg.

Jurgen Schadeberg, sometimes known as “The Father of South African Photography”, is a principle figure in South African and World Photography. His major body of work, which spans 56 years and incorporates a collection of some 100,000 negatives, captures a wealth of timeless and iconic images.

About ICP

The International Center of Photography (ICP) is the world’s leading institution dedicated to the practice and understanding of photography and the reproduced image in all its forms. Through their exhibitions, educational programs, and community outreach, they offer an open forum for dialogue about the role images play in culture. Since their founding, they have presented more than 500 exhibitions and offered thousands of classes, providing instruction at every level. ICP is a center where photographers and artists, students and scholars can create and interpret the world of the image within their comprehensive educational facilities and archive. Visit www.icp.org for more information.

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