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Nelson Mandela: A Life in Pictures

A photographic account of the world leader’s impact on politics, pop culture and more

Nelson Mandela circa 1950.

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Nelson Mandela circa 1950.

Nelson Mandela and other militants charged with treason by The South-African Union walk to the room where their trial is being held un 1956.

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On Trial

Nelson Mandela and other militants charged with treason by the South African Union walk to the room where their trial is being held in 1956.

Nelson Mandela at home in Soweto five days after his release from Victor Verster Prison in Paarl, South Africa after 27 years in detention on February 15th, 1990 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Home at Last

Nelson Mandela at home in Soweto on February 15th, 1990. It was five days after his release from Victor Verster Prison in Paarl, South Africa after 27 years in detention in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Nelson Mandela addresses a crowd of residents from the Phola park squatter camp during his tour of townships in Tokoza, South Africa on September 5th, 1990.

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Addressing the Crowds

Nelson Mandela addresses a crowd of residents from the Phola park squatter camp during his tour of townships in Tokoza, South Africa on September 5th, 1990.

Nelson Mandela acknowledges applause at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia on October 24th, 1990.

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Rave Reception

Mandela acknowledges applause at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia on October 24th, 1990. 

Nelson Mandela recieves an honorary doctrate from the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa on December 9th, 1990.

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Dr. Mandela

Mandela recieves an honorary doctorate from the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa on December 9th, 1990.

Nelson Mandela releases a white dove for peace at a rally to commemorate the 34th anniversary of the massacre of 69 black demonstrators by the police in Sharpville, South Africa on March 21st, 1994.

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White Dove

Nelson Mandela releases a white dove for peace at a rally to commemorate the 34th anniversary of the massacre of 69 black demonstrators by the police in Sharpeville, South Africa on March 21st, 1994. 

Pope John Paul II and Nelson Mandela at the Presidential guest house in Pretoria

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Presidential House

Pope John Paul II and Nelson Mandela at the presidential guest house in Pretoria circa September 1995. The pontiff visited Cameroon, South Africa and Nairobi for the conclusion of the Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops.

Nelson Mandela with Louis Farrakhan

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With Farrakhan

Nelson Mandela with Louis Farrakhan at Mandela's home in Johannesburg, South Africa on January 28th, 1996. The controversial Farrakhan, who was chief organizer of the Million Man March in 1995, is the leader of the Nation of Islam.

Nelson Mandela and Stevie Wonder

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Mandela and Wonder

Nelson Mandela and Stevie Wonder in Pretoria at the presidential residence in February 1996. Mandela praised Wonder for his involvement in anti-apartheid activities when the African National Congress was still a banned organization in South Africa.

Nelson Mandela shares a joke with Prince Charles, his grandchildren and members of the Spice Girls at his residence in Pretoria in November, 1997.

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In Pop Culture

Nelson Mandela shares a joke with Prince Charles, his grandchildren and members of the Spice Girls at his residence in Pretoria in November 1997. 

Nelson Mandela receives a hero's welcome from 40,000 children at SkyDome in Toronto, Canada in 1998.

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Hero’s Welcome

Nelson Mandela receives a hero's welcome from 40,000 children at SkyDome in Toronto, Canada in 1998.

Nelson Mandela dances the famous 'Madiba Jive' during a rally in Brakpan, Tsakane at the start of the African National Congress 1999 election campaign on October 24th, 1999 election campaign.

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Madiba Jive

Nelson Mandela dances the famous 'Madiba Jive' during a rally in Brakpan, Tsakane at the start of the African National Congress election campaign on October 24th, 1999.

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Mandela and Bono

Nelson Mandela with Bono at Thanksgiving dinner prior to the 46664 AIDS charity concert in Cape Town, South Africa on November 27th, 2003.

Nelson Mandela with (from left to right) Dave Stewart, Roger Taylor, Brian May, Peter Gabriel, and Annie Lennox at Nelson Mandela's house prior to the 46664 concert in Cape Town, South Africa on November 27th, 2003.

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Rock Royalty

Nelson Mandela with (from left to right) Dave Stewart, Roger Taylor, Brian May, Peter Gabriel and Annie Lennox at Nelson Mandela's house prior to the 46664 concert.

Nelson Mandela votes for the first time in his life at Ohlange High School in Inanada, South Africa on March 26th, 1994.

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Voting

Nelson Mandela votes for the first time in his life at Ohlange High School in Inanada, South Africa on March 26th, 1994.

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Posing

Nelson Mandela sits for a portrait by photographer and filmmaker Adrian Steirn as part of the '21 Icons South Africa' series at his home in Qunu, Eastern Cape in September 2011.  

Nelson Mandela with his Grandson Chief Mandla Mandela in Johannesburg, South Africa on March 27th, 2010.

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With Grandson

Nelson Mandela with his grandson, Mandla Mandela, in Johannesburg, South Africa on March 27th, 2010. 

Nelson Mandela receives the African Nation Congress' centenary torch from their chairwoman Baleka Mbete at his home in Qunu, South Africa on May 30th, 2012 .

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Centenary Torch

Nelson Mandela receives the African Nation Congress' centenary torch from their chairwoman, Baleka Mbete, at his home in Qunu, South Africa on May 30th, 2012.

Nelson Mandela and Bill Clinton

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Mandela Meets Clinton

Nelson Mandela and Bill Clinton on the eve of Mandela's 94th birthday at his residence in Qunu, South Africa on July 17th, 2012. Along with his daughter Chelsea, Clinton met with Mandela for 90 minutes. 

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