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-- Renowned Photographer Richard Corman and Hot Street Artist Alec Monopoly Collaborate on Special Rendering of Nelson Mandela --
NEW YORK, Oct. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Honorable Consul General George Monyemangene accepted a one-of-a-kind rendering of Nelson Mandela on behalf of the Nelson Mandela Foundation today at the South Africa Consulate. The stunning image is the result of an innovative collaboration between world renowned photographer Richard Corman and Alec Monopoly, one of the hottest young artists in the world.
In 2001, Corman was in Cape Town, South Africa, as the official photographer for the Special Olympics. While there, he was asked to photograph a visit of significance to Robben Island by Nelson Mandela and senior members of the Special Olympics. This was one of the first times President Mandela had returned to Robben Island after 18 years of imprisonment there. Corman took a distinguished black-and-white photograph of President Mandela visiting his old cell.
Corman has remained inspired by President Mandela's greatness and humility, and recently arranged for his collaborative partner Alec Monopoly to create a unique painting using the original photograph of President Mandela. The striking piece integrates the vibrant colors of the South African flag throughout the black-and-white photo in Monopoly's creative street art style. Corman and Monopoly have donated the painting to the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg, where it will be displayed side-by-side with the original photograph in the "Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory public space, the home of the Nelson Mandela Foundation."
"We are delighted to accept this wonderful painting of President Mandela on behalf of the Nelson Mandela Foundation Centre of Memory," said George Monyemangene, Consul General of the South African Consulate.
"I've had the opportunity to work with an amazing breadth of people throughout my career, but that extraordinary day on Robben Island with Nelson Mandela will always be the most special to me," said Richard Corman. "It's an honor to collaborate with Alec Monopoly to bring this photograph to a new level and convey the pure joy and vibrancy that surrounds Nelson Mandela."
Nelson Mandela Foundation:
The Nelson Mandela Foundation, a registered Trust, is a human rights-oriented not-for-profit organization. The Foundation delivers to the world an integrated and dynamic information resource and platform on the life and times of Nelson Mandela, and promotes the search for sustainable solutions to critical social problems through its rich archives, memory-based dialogue interventions and tangible activations to realize the legacy of Madiba.
Richard Corman has been capturing poignant moments of human triumph for over three decades. Humbling experiences with non-profit organizations are widely reflected in Corman's photographs. Most notable is heart-felt work with the Special Olympics as he has been photographing these inspiring athletes for 20 years. As a portrait photographer, Corman has worked with a remarkable range of subjects including Nobel Peace Prize recipients Nelson Mandela and Elie Wiesel, esteemed actors Robert De Niro, Tilda Swinton and Daniel Craig, and artists before they reached stardom, such as Madonna and Keith Haring. He's also worked with elite athletes who inspire greatness such as Muhammad Ali and Michael Jordan, and with writers/artists who have left an indelible mark including Kurt Vonnegut and Basquiat.
Alec Monopoly is a renowned painter and street artist. He is in high demand, recently creating original artwork for CoverGirl, Rolex, The American Cancer Society and the W Hotels as well as superstar recording artists including Avicii, Steve Angello, Nervo, Afrojack and 2 Chainz. He has partnered with Richard Corman on various projects, which have been displayed around the world.
Image with caption: "Renowned photographer Richard Corman and hot street artist Alec Monopoly collaborate on special rendering of Nelson Mandela. In 2001, Corman was asked to photograph a visit to Robben Island by Nelson Mandela and members of the Special Olympics (photo, right). Corman has remained inspired by President Mandela's greatness and humility, and arranged for collaborative partner Alec Monopoly to create a unique painting using the original photograph (photo, left). The striking piece integrates the vibrant colors of the South African flag throughout the black-and-white photo in Monopoly's creative street art style." Image available at: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131016/MM98905-a
Image with caption: "The Honorable Consul General George Monyemangene accepts a one-of-a-kind rendering of Nelson Mandela at the South Africa Consulate in NYC on behalf of the Nelson Mandela Foundation." Image available at: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131016/MM98905-b
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