Photographer Jurgen Schadeberg has spent his life creating images of the beauty of his country, South Africa. As a photographer for the first black magazine, Drum, he captured the images of the institution of apartheid and its effect on his homeland. This program will chronicle his impact on South Africa and the world. As viewers follow him back to South Africa it is apparent that apartheid, once considered just a memory in that vast African nation, is returning to everyday life in South Africa.
Schadeberg's love of South Africa began in his 20's, when he emigrated there from post WWII Germany. He found the black communities of South Africa much more interesting and forward thinking than the white Africans who held power. He began capturing the faces and spirit of the black community in South Africa in the '50s through Drum, a magazine committed to promoting emancipation of the black middle class in South Africa. Through stories, interviews, and beautiful cinematography filmmakers have created a program that not only examines the contributions of one photographer in South Africa but also sheds a light on the social injustices that have occurred for years in South Africa, what the government is doing or not doing to change things, how society has changed, and the challenges black communities in South Africa and other countries on the African continent continue to face and overcome.