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Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

(1918-2013), President of South Africa; President of the African National Congress

Sitter in 3 portraits
Former leader of the African National Congress, Nelson Mandela 'Madiba' was the first black head of state and the first president to be elected democratically. From 1964-90, he was imprisoned for his involvement in the armed resistance to apartheid. During his incarceration, Mandela became an international symbol of freedom, social justice and racial equality. His period of presidency (1994-1999) saw the reconciliation of black and white South Africans, for which he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (with F. W. de Klerk) in 1993. Since retiring, his primary commitment was the fight against AIDS and social injustices, which led to the creation of the Nelson Mandela Foundation in 1999.

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Nelson Mandela, by Ian Homer Walters - NPG 6868

Nelson Mandela

by Ian Homer Walters
bronze bust, 2008, based on a work of 2001
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6868

Nelson Mandela, by Michael Peto - NPG x137674

Nelson Mandela

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from original negative, June 1962
NPG x137674

Nelson Mandela, by Jillian Edelstein - NPG x128760

Nelson Mandela

by Jillian Edelstein
bromide fibre print, 6 February 1997
NPG x128760


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