MANDELA Cover by Kadir Nelson

mandela-cover-580The upcoming issue of The New Yorker features a cover image of Nelson Mandela by Kadir Nelson, whose picture book biography of the leader,  Nelson Mandela, (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegan) was recently selected as one of the Best Illustrated Books of 2013 by the New York Times Book Review.

Nelson tells the The New Yorker that, for this cover, he chose to portray Mandela as a younger man, “during the time that he was on trial with over a hundred of his comrades … I wanted to make a simple and bold statement about Mandela and his life as a freedom fighter. The raised fist and the simple, stark palette reminded me of posters and anti-apartheid imagery of the nineteen-eighties.”

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