Nelson Mandela’s Last Photo Shoot (9 pictures)

Nelson Mandela, the revered statesman who emerged from prison after 27 years to lead South Africa out of decades of apartheid, passed away on December 5, 2013.

Few men in the history of mankind have had more impact on a nation and inspired the world like the former president.Shortly before he retreated from public life in 2011, Mandela participated in photographer Adrian Steirn’s 21 Icons project — a photographic and short-film series profiling the men and women who shaped modern South Africa.

The photo shoot would become one of the last portrait-sittings with the former leader.

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