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Photography by Woolf on the Death of Nelson Mandela

Image: Photography by Woolf, not to be reproduced without permission.

Photography by Woolf on the Death of Nelson Mandela

December 11, 2013—Wellington photographer and city councilor Simon Woolf today paid tribute to the late Nelson Mandela, whom he worked with in New Zealand in 1995.

Regarded as the father of his nation for leading the struggle against apartheid, Mr Mandela served as South Africa's first black president.

In one of his first official engagements abroad, President Mandela visited New Zealand the year after his election for the 1995 Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Auckland.

Mr Woolf, Director of Photography by Woolf, said he was “incredibly lucky” when, in his capacity as an official photographer for the forum, he both got to see and document the revolutionary leader in a variety of settings in Auckland and Wellington over a five-day period.

“I was taken with his smile, his charm and the way he gave his entire attention to whomever he was with—whether it was the governor-general, the woman serving tea or a young kid in a wheelchair outside Parliament.

“Anyone who met or worked with him here in New Zealand will be joining others around the world in mourning the loss of such a remarkable man.”



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