Ardon Bar-Hama is a digital photographer specialising on archival materials. Google supports a project to digitize the journals and archival documents of Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. The project helps to preserve thousands of documents, photographs, and audio-visual materials chronicling the life and times of Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. Recommended by Google, the two institutions commissioned Ardon Bar-Hama to undertake the digitization.
Photos of the deacidification of the Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF) Archive in four folders taken by Lucia Raadschelders and Razia Saleh. The first folder contains photos of the training staff members by Chief Librarian Isaac Nkadimeng, Christian Legodi and Magretia Masebe of the South African Library, Tshwane. The second folder shows loaded crates ready to be transported to the National Library. The third folder shows photos of Canadian interns, Jamila Ghaddar and Katrina Cohen-Palacios dusting and returning materials to their boxes after being treated at the National Library. The fourth folder contains photos taken by Razia Saleh at the NMF reception with Zunelle Breytenbach, Zanele Riba, Ethel Arends, as well as Florence Garishe.
Dialogue on 'Archives at Crossroads' which was organised by the Nelson Mandela Foundation and co-convened with the National Archives and the Constitution of Public Intellectual Life Research Project. Participants in the auditorium, NMF building and photos of the ‘Malibongwe’ exhibition. The dialogue was held over two days on 23 and 24 April.
Opening and photos of the exhibition "Poisoned Pasts". Poisoned Pasts is a joint project with the Institute for Security Studies and aims to provoke questioning about our difficult pasts and to honour the victims of South Africa’s chemical and biological warfare programme. The Reverend Frank Chikane, himself a victim of the chemical and biological warfare programme, gave the keynote address.
Hand-over of Rivonia Trial Papers to the National Archives of South Africa and of the Kathrada/Rick Stengel Tapes with the interviews conducted for" Long Walk to Freedom" to the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
International Mandela Dialogues on Memory Work: ''Creating Safe Spaces Across Generations'', 2016 held in South Africa and Sri Lanka with participants from Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, Croatia, Nepal, Rwanda, South Africa, Sri Lanka as well as United States of America.
Visit by the Archives team to Mrs Angelinah Hlope, one of the women who participated in the Women’s march to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956. Mrs Angelina Hlope is also a member of the ‘Gogos for Mandela’ soccer team. The official name of the soccer team is Vakhegula Vakhegula Football Club.
Launch of the new programme of the Nelson Mandela Foundation and Life College Association (LCA) to develop an exclusive academic programme titled "Nelson Mandela – The Champion Within". The programme is based on the book "Conversations with Myself" by Nelson Mandela and on his extensive personal archive.
Launch of the Comic Book series at the Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF): Nelson Mandela meeting with Vincent Maphai of BHP Billiton and with the Umlando group of graphic artists. Also features some school children with Nelson Mandela showing him the 'Black Pimpernel' comic book. Nelson Mandela giving speech in the NMF auditorium and greeted by Anglo American executives.
The launch of the coffee table book ‘Mandela: The Authorised Portrait’ with Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki, Albie Sachs, Ahmed Kathrada, Trevor Manuel, Jakes Gerwel, Graça Machel and others. Some nice photos of Mandela and others with the book cover behind them.
To mark International Literacy Week, Macmillan in association with the READ Trust and the Nelson Mandela Foundation have launched a children’s version of Mr Mandela’s autobiography Long Walk to Freedom. South African author Chris van Wyk was at the launch, held at the READ Educational Trust in Johannesburg. “I’ve been looking forward to this day – I was very honoured when asked to write this book,” said Van Wyk.
Dialogue “The Secret, the Taboo and the Disavowal: Hidden spaces in South Africa’s liberation history”. The Dialogue sessions marked the 10 years since the passing of the Promotion of Access to Information Act.
Opening of the exhibition "Intimate Moments"in Pietermaritzburg, organised by Liberty Properties. The exhibition was renamed to “ Love, Empower, Educate” for the occasion of Valentine’s Day. Also with Charlene Wittstock, the future princess of Monaco.
An opening of the exhibition with cartoons by Zapiro about Nelson Mandela at the NMF. Shots of the life-size Nelson Mandela puppet cartoons up on the walls, visitors looking at the exhibition and Jonathan Shapiro (aka Zapiro).
An Opening of the exhibition ''Prisoner in the Garden'' at the Nelson Mandela Foundation. Shots of Nelson Mandela looking at the exhibition, Donald Card returning Mandela's letter book to him. Group photos.
Opening of the exhibition 'For Madiba with Love' by David Turnley at the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The event also marked the signing of a Memorandum of understanding between the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the National Library of South Africa for a de-acidification project to preserve Madiba's papers. The project is funded by the US Embassy. People featuring are Peter Magubane, Ahmed Kathrada, George Bizos, Barbara Hogan, the US Embassador to South Africa Patrick Gaspard, Steven van Zandt, MC Leanne Manas, Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel, African National Congress Deputy General Jessie Duarte, Thebe Foundation CEO Mokgethi, and Sello Hatang.
The opening of the exhibition ‘Making Peace’, an exhibition about Albert Luthuli. With Nelson Mandela; Dr Luthuli (Albert Luthuli’s daughter); the artist who painted The Black Christ, Ronald Harrison; Lindiwe Sisulu; Bill Clinton; Ahmed Kathrada; Nthato Motlana; Luli Callinicos and others
An opening of the exhibition 'Mandela- Gandhi Wall' with Ela Gandhi, Birad Rajaran, Maniben Sita, Virendra Gupta as well as Sello Hatang. The interactive, multimedia display features photographs, QR(quick recognition) codes that can be read by cell phones which then play videos that Birad Rajaran has loaded on to the internet, and a game that visitors can play by answering questions on the back of cards (similar to postcards) and then matching the photo on the card with the one on the wall.
Opening of the exhibition "Africa Salutes You" at the NMF. Nelson Mandela looking at the exhibition. The exhibition is from Athol Moult with children from Mvezo and was organised by Mandla Mandela. Mandla Mandela with Freddy Chabo Pilusa and Athol Moult in the auditorium. First Lady Thobeka Madiba (#8285), Nelson Mandela with Mandla Mandela, Thobeka Madiba and Graça Machel visiting the exhibition.
Opening of the exhibition “My Constitution”. With Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke, Sello Hatang, the youth which participated in the exhibition and interviews, Elinor Kern, Denis Goldberg, Sahm Venter, Lunga Nene, and Berita.
Research for the Exhibition ''Kukude Lapho Sivelakhona: The Life and Times of Jonas Gwangwa''. Researched photographs for the exhibition, organised by copyright holders in 13 folders. Mix of low and high res copies.
Research for the Exhibition ''Between States of Emergency''. Only photographs of 8 of the 40 participating photographers are included. The PDF file contains 2 photographs per photographer and all the text of the exhibition.
Sahm Venter's research trip to Addis Ababa, tracing back Nelson Mandela’s journey when he secretly left South Africa to undergo military training in Ethiopia. Includes interviews with Ethiopian generals who helped Nelson Mandela in 1962. Included are Colonel Fekadu Wakeni, Tefers Melesse, Co. Mengesh Zedwu at the Police Rapid Deployment Force base.
Researched and used photographs for the first edition of the book ‘The Authorised Portrait’, published by Wild Dog Press in association with PQ Blackwell. The photographs are organised in 3 parts. The pdf files contains the credits for the photographs.
Researched photographs for the exhibition ''Mandela- Character, Comrade, Leader, Prisoner, Negotiator, Statesman. Exhibition for the Apartheid Museum celebrating the life and times of Nelson Mandela. Opened in 2008 as part of the celebration of Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday.
Performance of the theatre play "Rivonia Trial" at the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The perfomance was attended by, among others, Nelson Mandela, surviving Trialists, Graça Machel, George Bizos, Nadine Gordimer, Mrs Motsoaledi, AM Wolpe. Playwrigth Mondi Wami.
Exhibition with condolences books and messages, photos of tributes and condolences received during the 10 days of mourning after Nelson Mandela’s passing in 2013. Also a Telkom phone booth with recorded condolences messages.
“Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” is the title of the virtual exhibition which was made for Mandela Day events in 2011. The title was taken from the children’s song which Nelson Mandela, in the early years after his release, would sing to and with groups of small children. This exhibition not only highlighted Nelson Mandela’s love of children; his own and the children all over the world but also their attraction to him.