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FW de Klerk

"In my very first public speech, shortly after my election, I said that our goal was a new South Africa: a totally changed South Africa which would rid itself of the antagonisms of the past and would be free from domination and suppression, in whatever form." - FW de Klerk

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."