David Chancellor

Nelson Mandela’s legacy for children’s health

About The Art

British photographer David Chancellor’s image captures immunization pioneers in South Africa, who helped to transform the country’s immunization program post-apartheid. Chancellor’s portrait takes place in a lively children’s crèche in Khayelitsha, near Cape Town, under the gaze of a colourful mosaic of Nelson Mandela. During apartheid, the country’s health system was fragmented and unequal for most. Dr. Neil Cameron, a subject of the portrait, calls the post-apartheid period a “magical time”, when old barriers came down, and programs were changed so that all South African children could access life-saving vaccination. Neil is joined by his colleagues Dr. Virginia Azevedo and Veronica Isaacs, while Nurse Nosipho gives the child the vaccine.

David Chancellor
“In South Africa, the sea change brought by Nelson Mandela’s leadership helped transform the country’s immunization program.”

David Chancellor is a multi award winning documentary photographer based in South Africa. He has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions, exhibited in major galleries and museums, and published worldwide. His many accolades include a World Press Photo Award in 2010 for Elephant Story from the series Hunters; and the World Understanding Award in the Pictures of the Year International competition in 2013. Read more about David Chancellor.

Photo Credit: Lisa Thomson

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    David Chancellor takes a light reading from the room.

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    David Chancellor discusses the shoot.

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    Neil Cameron describes the period of immunization reform.

Making Of

Look at behind the scenes photos of David at work on this portrait. Photos courtesy of David Chancellor.

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