Renowned photographer Oscar Gutierrez presents his Nelson Mandela exhibition 

During the key moments that shaped South Africa’s transition to democracy, one photographer was there recording it all – Oscar Gutierrez.

To celebrate the centenary of the birth of former president Nelson Mandela in July 1918, renowned photographer Oscar Gutierrez will launch his exhibition of the very best of those photographs. These glimpses into Madiba moments were captured by Gutierrez over the many years he spent tracking South Africa’s early democracy. 

Gutierrez says “The photographs capture Nelson Mandela and other South African luminaries from the initial stages of the negotiations of South Africa’s constitution, the first democratic elections and important moments that formed democratic South Africa.” 

Says Gutierrez: “Holding this exhibition during the month of the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth is something very dear  to me as South Africa has become my home. This exhibition is my way of celebrating a South Africa that has embraced me and gave me the opportunity to celebrate the birth of the democracy I experienced when I arrived in the country.” 

The exhibition titled “Iconic” runs from the 8 – 15 July 2018 at Upstairs@Bamboo Gallery in Melville Johannesburg. 

The exhibition is curated by Oscar Gutierrez, in collaboration with Makgati Molebatsi of Mak’Dct Art Advisory & Agency. 

The photographs are on sale and 5% of all proceeds will go to the Nelson Mandela Foundation. 

About Oscar Gutierrez
Originally from Guatemala, Oscar Gutierrez arrived in Southern Africa in 1994 on assignment as a newspaper photojournalist and never left. Initially living in Mozambique but subsequently moving to South Africa. Gutierrez has covered and captured events and issues in politics, arts, culture, religion and social moments, developing an immense archive of significant moments in South Africa’s contemporary history. 

Prior to 1994, Gutierrez developed a wide range of experience as a photographer, extending from working at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centre in the US to honing his craft as a commercial studio photographer. His training includes a Bachelor in Fine Arts specialising in photojournalism from the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York, as well as MA candidacy in Fine Arts. 

Issued on behalf of Oscar Gutierrez and Makgati Molebatsi of Mak’Dct Art Advisory & Agency 

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