Photographer Jürgen Schadeberg stands in 2008 beside his photograph of Nelson Mandela in his prison cell on Robben Island.
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Jürgen Schadeberg's photographic legacy

Updated 1710 GMT (0110 HKT) September 1, 2020

Photographer Jürgen Schadeberg stands in 2008 beside his photograph of Nelson Mandela in his prison cell on Robben Island.
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Jürgen Schadeberg died on August 29 at age 89, ending an era of photography that spans more than seven decades.

The German-born photographer's collection of 200,000 negatives includes some of the most famous shots of Nelson Mandela, bookending the former South African President's 27-year stint in prison. Schadeberg also captured the vibrancy of Black communities in 1950s South Africa, when most other White journalists were not willing to do so.

His most famous photo is of Mandela staring through the bars of his prison cell on Robben Island after returning there in 1994.

"This was where he studied, did push-ups and reflected on the goal of the liberation of his people," said Schadeberg, in notes given to CNN by his wife Claudia.

Quotes from these notes have been included in some of the captions in this gallery, which captures the energy of a community seeking liberation.