Sharpeville Funeral

CCAC #: 0223
Artwork title: Sharpeville Funeral
Artist(s): Jürgen Schadeberg
Year made: 1960
Artwork type: Photography
Medium: B&W Photograph
Dimensions (mm): 393 x 588
Framed dimensions (in mm): 775 x 1062 x 15
Source: donated by Claudia and Jürgen Schadeberg
Installation type: Movable artwork
Location area: In storage

On 21 March 1960, 69 people were killed in Sharpeville, when police opened fire at a peaceful pass laws protest. The artist chartered a plane to photograph their funeral – he felt this was the best way to show the magnitude of the event. In December 1996, then-president Nelson Mandela signed the new Constitution into law in Sharpeville.

Themes: Sharpeville Massacre (21 March 1960)

CCAC 437326

Photographer: Unrecorded
Photo copyright: Consult with CCT curatorial team

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