Nelson Mandela greets supporters in Umlazi township outside Durban, South Africa, on 16 April 1994, with young men climbing atop a billboard to see him during his campaign for the presidency against Willem de Klerk.
April 1994 was an exciting time in South Africa.Nelson Mandela was campaigning to become the first black president of South Africa. My wife, Andrea Peyser, had been assigned to cover the election by the New York Post, and I was hired to accompany her to photograph the historical campaign. As his open air motorcade traversed through the streets, thousands of supporters trapped me against the side of his car, forcing me to walk alongside and giving me some of the best images I would capture during the entire campaign.
Over the course of the next three weeks, we witnessed black and white people celebrating together, white supremacists who wouldn’t give up, and the pride of the people who were able to vote for the first time in their lives.
Nelson Mandela had a vision for South Africa, that a great country can only succeed if people of all races work together.
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