Nelson Mandela Up Close and Personal - PHOTOBLOG


In celebration of Black History Month, POP International Galleries are featuring a rare and captivating show titled “MADIBA – Images of Nelson Mandela,” featuring the work of famed South African photojournalist, Benny Gool. Benny Gool was honored with the opportunity to chronicle the life of Nelson Mandela in public and private, over three momentous decades. His images narrate the uniquely inspirational story of one of history’s most respected and compelling icons.

These poignant images take you on one man’s journey from incarceration to becoming a celebrated and inspiring world leader. The collection features other larger-than-life figures with Nelson Mandela, including Princess Diana, Michael Jackson, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

The exhibition will run through the entire month of February at POPmidtown and then move to POP Gallery in Soho. POPmidtown will donate a portion of proceeds generated at this location to the Creative Arts Workshops for Kids (CAW).

The entrance to the Mandela exhibit at Pop International Galleries.

Posing with Michael Jackson in 1999.

Mandela with His Holiness, the Dalai Lama in 1996.

Mandela feeling at home among children.

The icon himself.

Mandela at the inauguration of his successor, Thabo Mbeki.

At a voter registration drive.

Once again with children.

From the day the South African Constitution was signed.

Father of the nation.

Photos 2-6 by Benny Gool, photos 7-10 by Lauren Hawker of Gool’s work. For more, check out the BTR Flickr set.