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Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela, 1990

On this day, July 18, in 1918, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born. The anti-apartheid revolutionary and political leader was photographed by Karsh in June, 1990, just four months after Mandela’s release from prison. Brian Mulroney, Prime Minister of Canada at the time, greeted Mandela at the airport and accompanied him to the Chateau Laurier for his portrait. Read what happened.

When Mandela died in 2013, Apple used this Karsh portrait on their home page to commemorate the great man’s life.