On the 13th of October 2018 the Durban Art Gallery hosted the prestigious book launch “Mandela in Focus” in honour of the great South Africa Icon Nelson.
Mandela in Focus is a coffee table pictorial work featuring the work of the former president’s private photographer, Kevin Joseph with the text written by journalist and commentator Farook Khan.
The book contains unseen photographs that have not been viewed on the public sphere. The book highlights Mandela as a “man of faith” as there is a huge collection of photographs of him showing private family gatherings with Mrs Gracia Mandela and Mrs Winnie Mandela.
The images contained in the book are a collector’s item and are in huge demand by tertiary institutions and by high profile members of the state because of how depict the private life of the former president and the unseen moments that they have.
Kevin Joseph had access and permission to capture private moments of Mandela. Many untold stories are in the book, they are heart-felt photographs showing moments of happiness and grief including images of the great icon’s funeral. Farook Khan has followed the life of Mandela dating back to the 60’s from his imprisonment up to his release to liberation in the 90’s. The book is living proof of the continuation of the late president’s legacy. Kevin Joseph’s business agent and Activist was also present at the book launch.
Nelson Mandela’s grandson Zondwa Mandela and his wife were present at the launch. He said “I’m gonna tell the truth and nothing but the truth. It’s very clear that many African storytellers and photographers are very proud of their African stories and sharing their African perspective to the world. Africa’s youth and children need to know that the story of Winnie Mandela and Nelson Mandela lives in the beauty, intelligence and determination we find in all our young man and women of today. The story of Winnie and Nelson Mandela has been conventionalised. It’s up to us to make sure that the story of Winnie and Mandela becomes a very indigenous African story”.