Jodi Bieber – Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela - 1994

Jodi Bieber (b. 1966, South Africa) After completing three short courses at the Market Photography Workshop in Johannesburg – Jodi Bieber participated in a photographic training programme at the Star newspaper under the late Ken Oosterbroek in 1993. She continued to work there as a photographer leading up to and during South Africa’s first democratic elections. In 1996 she was chosen to participate in the World Press Masterclass held in Holland and started working on assignments for publications such as the New York Times magazine. Bieber also worked on special projects for non-profit organisations such as Medecins Sans Frontières. Over a ten-year period (1994–2004) Bieber focused on the country of her birth, South Africa – photographing youth living on the fringes of South African society. This work appeared in her 2006 book Between Dogs and Wolves – Growing up with South Africa.

Her iconic photograph of a young mutilated Afghan woman was featured on the cover of Time magazine in August 2010 and was awarded the 54th annual World Press Photo of the Year.

  • Overall winner, World Press Photo of the Year - 2011
  • 1st Prize Portrait Single at World Press Photo - 2011
  • Finalist in The Women of the Year in the Media Awards in South Africa - 2011
  • Outstanding photograph about South Asia or the worldwide South Asians diaspora - SAJA Awards - 2011
  • Silver Award at Art Director Club Awards, New York - 2011
  • Prix de l’Union Européenne, Rencontres de Bamako, Biennale Africaine de la Photographie - 2009
  • Real Beauty was one of the 10 finalists in the Leica Oskar Barnack Award - 2009
  • 1st Prize, Picture of the Year International - 2009
  • Winner, First International Photography Biennial in The Islamic World, Iran – 2008
  • Selected for The Year’s Best Photography 2007 Books Exhibition, PhotoEspaña, Spain - 2007
  • Winner of the Kodak Best International Calender of the year Award - 2007
  • Shortlisted for Amnesty International Media Awards, UK - 2006
  • 2nd Prize, Contemporary Issues Story, World Press Photo Awards, Amsterdam, Holland - 2005
  • Nominee, Eugene Smith Awards, USA – 2003
  • Special Prix, Festival of the Sea, Vannes, France - 2003
  • 1st Prize, Portrait Singles, World Press Photo Awards, Holland – 2002
  • 1st Prize, Daily Life Story, World Press Photo Awards, Holland – 2001
  • 3rd Prize, People in the News, World Press Photo Awards, Holland - 2001
  • SPD Awards for Reportage spread or Single Page Subject: Ebola Crisis in Uganda in the NYT, USA - 2001
  • 1st Prize, Portrait Story, World Press Photo Awards, Holland – 1999
  • 2nd Prize – Sports Story, World Press Photo Awards, Holland – 1999
  • 1st Prize – Arts Single, World Press Photo Awards, Holland – 1998
  • 2nd Prize – Arts Picture Story, World Press Photo Awards, Holland - 1998
  • The World Press Masterclass student, Holland - 1996
  • The François Pinault Collection
  • The Johannesburg Art Gallery
  • The Artur Walther Collection
  • Fondazione Fotografia, Italy
  • Iziko Museums – South Africa

Personal connection to Anton: Friend and colleague


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