With the recent passing of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president and anti-apartheid revolutionary, a sea of photographs, interviews, inspirational quotes, and articles are spewing out of news agencies from around the world reminding us all of the icon he was.
“History will remember him as one of the greatest men who ever lived – an incredibly selfless man who made so much of a sacrifice to re-write the history of generations of South Africans and the world,” said Forbes.com, an Internet news site.
With each article posted, a gallery of photographs, videos, and/or interviews are being attached and we are once again reminded of the significance of visual journalism. I came across a piece posted by The New York Times today that focuses on three photographers who captured the life of Mandela through pictures. Each photographer has a short interview recounting a significant moment they remember and then a slideshow of their work. This is an opportunity for all photographers to spend some time scrolling through the many images that are reappearing or surfacing for the first time. Draw inspiration from these images and be reassured that without photographs, we lose our visual history.