Jurgen Schadeburg Sharpeville Funeral photo of photo by Dominic Toerien Constitutional Court Art Collection all rights reserved

Jürgen Schadeberg - Sharpeville Funeral, 1960

Jürgen Schadeberg (1931-)
Sharpeville Funeral
Black & white photograph / 590 x 393 mm
CCAC# 0223

Donated by Claudia and Jürgen Schadeberg

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.

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