18th Feb, 2023 18:00

The Cape Wine Auction 2023

  Lot 8
Lot 8 - Adrian Steirn (South Africa 1979-)


Adrian Steirn (South Africa 1979-)
Girl and her Donkey, Lamu, 2016

signed and framed print

Artwork date: 2016
Edition: number 6 from an edition of 10


signed and framed print

Artwork date: 2016
Edition: number 6 from an edition of 10


image size: 67 x 101 cm; framed size: 96 x 130 cm

Adrian Steirn is a renowned portrait and reporting photographer whose entreprenurial spirit and ability to shoot, produce and distribute his own work in partnership with global media platforms has allowed him to reach almost 750 million people over the last decade. Commercial ventures Steirn has founded in the last decade include:

  • 21 Icons – the most successful-in-reach multimedia project to come out of South Africa • Ginkgo Agency – a strategic content and distribution agency based in South Africa • Beautiful News – a positive-news platform that attained ‘fastest growing’ in South Africa
  • 8pod – a world-first ‘smart’ ad unit that delivers the best value and experience for consumers, publishers, brands and their agencies Recognition of Steirn’s work as a photographer:

  • 2019 - Commonwealth Point of Light Award (Queen Elizabeth II)

  • 2018 - Gallileau Award from Les Jeunes du Monde Unis Awards for Conservation 2018 - Wildscreen Panda Awards: Photojournalist of the Year

  • 2017 - Wildlife Photographer of the Year (photojournalism)

  • 2015 - Winner IPA Social Cause/Global Documentary Photographer

  • 2010 - African Photographer of the Year
In 2013, through his 21 Icons project, Steirn released the last ever portrait of Nelson Mandela which sold for an African record for a photograph, with all money donated to charity. During the same period, he was also named the WWF African Photographer of Residence, and directed the National Geographic documentary, ‘Europe’s Last Leopard’.

Throughout his career, Steirn has photographed and interviewed individuals such as Desmond Tutu, FW de Klerk, Bill Gates, Bono, Tony Blair, Dame Jane Goodall and Henry Kissinger.
Steirn’s various works are part of the permanent collection in the National Portrait Gallery in London - including his portrait and inteview with Lord Philip Gould.
His work throughout his career has been used by hundreds of publications globally, including The New York Times, The Times of London and the Wall Street Journal.

The condition is mint.

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Auction: The Cape Wine Auction 2023, 18th Feb, 2023


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