Watershed houses the only exclusive gallery of the works of internationally acclaimed photographer Jürgen Schadeberg in the world.

Juergen Schadeberg was born in Berlin on 18 March 1931 and, while still in his teens, worked as an apprentice photographer for a German Press Agency in Hamburg. In 1950 he emigrated to South Africa and became Chief Photographer, Picture Editor and Art Director on Drum Magazine.

It was during this time that Juergen photographed pivotal moments in the lives of South Africans in the fifties. These photographs represent the life and struggle of South Africans during Apartheid and include important figures in South Africa’s history such as Nelson Mandela, Moroka, Walter Sisulu, Yusuf Dadoo and Bishop Huddleston.

In 1964 Juergen left South Africa for London and during the sixties and seventies freelanced as a photojournalist in Europe and America for various prestigious magazines. He also taught at the New School in New York, the Central School of Art & Design in London and the Hoch Kunst School in Hamburg. During this period he curated several major exhibitions including “The Quality of Life.” The photographs from this period represent a rich mix of social documentary work as well as some modernist, abstract images.


Juergen has edited and published several photographic books including his latest retrospective book of  70 years of work, published by Hatje Cantz, and has produced and directed with his wife Claudia a series of documentaries and dramas.

Juergen Schadeberg, sometimes known as “The Father of South African Photography”, is a principle figure in South African and World Photography. His major body of work, which spans 65 years and incorporates a collection of some 150,000 negatives, captures a wealth of timeless and iconic images.

Juergen Schadeberg continues to actively work on new major photographic projects, books and exhibitions, to tour international shows and to make his own silver archival hand prints. Juergen died on August 29, 2020 at his home in La Drova, Spain. He was 89.




The Schadeberg Gallery at Watershed sells framed, signed copies of  black-and-white prints of pictures that Jürgen took while he was chief photographer, picture editor and art director of the magazine in the 1950s.