Helen Suzman


Original 1/1

Personally signed and dated in graphite pencil verso by the photographer.

Artists embossed stamp sealed on bottom right of the print.



There were over 430 members of Parliament during the Apartheid years in South Africa. Only one of those seats was in opposition to the National Party. That seat was occupied by the leader of the Progressive Party for her constituency of Houghton in Johannesburg, none other than Helen Suzman.

One year before Helen Suzman passed away at 89, this portrait of her was taken during a private visit to her home. A chair was placed out in the garden on a bright sunny day in Johannesburg.

I remember how Helen Suzman wanted to make sure she was posing just right. After a while juggling positions she clasped her hands together placed them in front of her on the large wicker chair arms and smiled into the camera, finally satisfied she had the right pose.

Only this one portrait print was made.

Helen Suzman

Photographed March 2008

The original gelatin silver hand print 1/1

Gelatin Silver Print (Fibre base)

Photographed March 2008 JHB

Print size: 11’ x 15’ inch (28cm x 38cm)

Paper size: 22’ x 17.3’ inch (56cm x43cm)

Printed full frame, original borders


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