File - Mandela makes his first public speech in nearly three decades, on the balcony of the Cape Town city hall after his release from the Victor Verster Prison, Feb. 11, 1990.
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The photographer could barely steady himself amid the jostling crowds, eager to hear Nelson Mandela speak hours after he was finally released from prison, 25 years ago Wednesday.While most photographers waited outside the prison where Mandela was to be freed, Chris Ledochowski wanted to capture the moment the anti-apartheid leader would address South Africans for the first time in nearly three decades.Ledochowski took the picture.Mandela's release had a profound impact on Ledochowski's work, which changed to color from black-and-white photography. A few years after Mandela stepped down after his single term as president, Ledochowski stopped documenting life in South Africa's townships, where he felt little had changed in the lives of black people living there since the end of apartheid.Assisting a friend who was taking a portrait of the Mandela family, then-President Mandela came into the room where Ledochowski was packing equipment.Ledochowski made a print and added color to it. Mandela himself often used the image by signing prints and sending it to supporters.
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