The portrait speaks of a man at peace on a number of levels - both with what lies behind him and his role in it, and his confidence in the future of South Africa. It is a uniquely frank portrait of an man not scared to show his vulnerability. "I wanted to make sure that this portrait of De Klerk was a side that no one else had seen before," says Steirn. "I wanted to shoot something that really represented what he had done for South Africa. I thought it would be such a great mix of a man alone, and a man at peace."