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Dr. Peter Magubane

Submitted by on June 2, 2010 – 3:18 pm

Peter Magubane, South African photographer, is the 2010 recipient of the ICP Robert Capa Award. He was also honored at the Shared Interest 16th Anniversary Awards Dinner on March 22, 2010 at Gotham Hall in New York City.


Peter Magubane started his career in 1955 in the midst of apartheid in South Africa. The official press venues were restricted to white photographers only. Not being allowed to carry a camera in the open, he had to hide his camera in a hollowed out Bible, loaf of bread, or empty milk carton to get the shots he needed.

Magubane photographed most of South Africa's most historic moments including Mandela's Rivonia trial, Sharpville, and the Soweto Riots. During his career, he was also beaten, arrested, and imprisoned, put into solitary confinement. At one point, he was banned from photography for 5 years.

He has retired from photo journalism and is now working on various book projects. Below are links to some of his published books.

Man of the People: A Photographic Tribute to Nelson Mandela

The Bantwane: Africa's Undiscovered People

African Renaissance


Vanishing Cultures of South Africa: Changing Cultures in a Changing World

Nelson Mandela, Man of Destiny

Women of South Africa: Their Fight for Freedom

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