8 in HIGH x 10 in WIDE
(20.32 cm HIGH x 25.40 cm WIDE)
The Oakland Tribune Collection, the Oakland Museum of California. Gift of ANG Newspapers

Photo of "Nelson and Winnie Mandela deplaning in Oakland." The shot is taken from afar at a low angle with a telephoto lens, showing only the two figures, from the waist up, against a clear sky, waving to an apparent crowd in the distance and below them (toward the left side of the frame). Nelson Mandela is to the left side of the frame; he is wearing a dark suit and tie, and he is waving with an open hand, with a big smile, squinting in the sun light, looking more outward than downward. Winnie Mandela is to the right of the frame, behind Nelson in the direction they are facing, wearing a multi-patterned, loose "African-style" smock; on her ear is a large, teardrop shaped earring. Her arm is held higher than Nelson's, with her hand in a lightly clenched fist; she is also smiling joyously and looking outward (but in a more downward direction, to an apparent crowd below). She is to the far right of the frame, her back against (and extending out of) the frame's edge. The print reveals some darkroom "dodging" on their faces, as their faces would otherwise be in shadow from the direction of the light hitting them. On the bottom front of the image is the stamp, "Pat Greenhouse," with the date, "6-30-90" in felt-tip pen below the stamp. Also in felt-tip pen is the description, "Nelson & Winnie Mandela deplane in Oakland." On verso is the caption slip from the published version, which states: "Nelson and Winnie Mandela wave to crowds after arriving at Oakland International Airport." Also stamped on the slip is the date, "Sun Jul 1 1990," with a handwritten note above the date: "Visit to Bay Area." Also on verso is some ballpoint notation, partly obscured underneath the caption slip, which indicates, "Airport 7-5/8 x 4-1/2," etc. Further, there is a piece of masking tape that wraps from the back bottom of the print to the front bottom of the print (total length: approx. 1-1/2"), which indicates in felt-tip pen, " "Full Frame ht to 5-3/4"."

per Wikipedia.org (May 1, 2009): Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela; born 18 July 1918 in Transkei, South Africa) is a former President of South Africa, the first to be elected in a fully representative democratic election, in office from 1994-99. Before his presidency, Mandela was an anti-apartheid activist, and the leader of the African National Congress's armed wing Umkhonto we Sizwe. The South African courts convicted him on charges of sabotage, as well as other crimes committed while he led the movement against apartheid. In accordance with his conviction, Mandela served 27 years in prison, spending many of these years on Robben Island. He is currently a celebrated elder statesman who continues to voice his opinion on topical issues. In South Africa he is often known as Madiba, an honorary title adopted by elders of Mandela's clan. The title has come to be synonymous with Nelson Mandela.Following his release from prison on 11 February 1990, Mandela supported reconciliation and negotiation, and helped lead the transition towards multi-racial democracy in South Africa. Since the end of apartheid, many have frequently praised Mandela, including former opponents. Mandela has received more than one hundred awards over four decades, most notably the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. Also per Wikipedia.org (May 1, 2009): Winnie Madikizela-Mandela (born September 26, 1936 as Nomzamo Winifred Zanyiwe Madikizela) is a South African politician who has held several government positions, headed the African National Congress Women's League, is currently a member of the ANC's National Executive Committee and is the former first lady of South Africa.She is the ex-wife of former South African president and African National Congress (ANC) leader Nelson Mandela. As a controversial activist, she is popular among her supporters, who refer to her as the 'Mother of the Nation', yet reviled by others.In March 2009, the Independent Electoral Commission ruled that Winnie Mandela, who was selected as an ANC candidate, can run in the South African general election, 2009, despite having a fraud conviction.

Used: Oakland Tribune

Bookmark and Share