The Sunday Times will this weekend publish a previously unseen fine-art photographic portrait of Nelson Mandela. The image marks the launch of the 21 Icons project, a series of portraits representing a visual celebration of South African icons of the 21st century and features people from all walks of life including artists, activists, scientists and sports personalities.
The project is the brainchild of celebrated photographer and documentary filmmaker Adrian Steirn, who has been working for more than two years on what has become his biggest and most ambitious project to date.
“It is a great honour for us to share these wonderful images of South Africa’s most loved and respected heroes with our readers,” says Susan Russell, general manager of marketing, Times Media Group. “Launching the project with a portrait of Nelson Mandela captures the essence of the campaign. Inspired by Madiba, it is a tribute to our great champions,” concluded Russell.
As part of the reveal of the photographic portrait of Nelson Mandela, a three minute documentary will be aired on SABC 3 at 18:57 on Sunday. It will be an intimate behind-the-scenes look at the photo shoot.
Each week for 21 weeks, the Sunday Times will publish a new collectable black‐and-white poster-portrait in the newspaper. A short behind-the-scenes film will be screened on SABC3 later that day. The short-film series will conclude with an omnibus to be screened on December 16, South Africa’s Day of Reconciliation, on SABC3.
Other inspiring South Africans who will be featured in the 21 Icons series include FW de Klerk, Desmond Tutu, Sophia Williams De Bruyn and Kumi Naidoo. For more information visit www.21icons.com or follow Sunday Times on Twitter @SundayTimesZA and Facebook http://www.facebook.com/TimesLIVE