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John Liebenberg (1958 – 2020) Teargas at Heroes day, Windhoek, 26 August 1985, 2012 Digital Scan on Archival Paper

John Liebenberg was introduced to Namibia in 1976 when, together with his fellow conscripts, he was sent to Ondangwa Air-force base near the border with Angola. He later returned to Namibia and in 1985 was appointed photographer for a new weekly, the Namibian. Following independence, his family moved to Johannesburg, from where he covered the Angolan civil war as freelance for Reuters. He later joined Media 24 magazines mostly working for Drum. He was also a senior and established news photographer whose work has been exhibited in Africa and Europe. His Namibian photographic collection documenting Swapo’s war of Liberation and the South African occupation is widely used by historians, researchers and film makers.

National Art Gallery of Namibia Permanent Collection