As long as we are doing photo analysis, and the comments beneath the last post were so enlightening, I am tossing another in the mix.
My take: I do not see much wrong with this photo – I think it is really Mandela. But it bothers me. He is so well barbered, and the photo is well crafted – light from the left is offering up just enough to illuminate his stately features. It is professionally staged. I doubt that the government of apartheid South Africa would want to enhance the image of a true martyr in this manner.
Add to that that he was supposedly in prison 27 years, and was accused of being a communist who wanted to overthrow the regime, and it looks all wrong. That does not happen in real life. Such men do not come to power. Rather, they disappear.
I am reminded of John Kerry throwing his medals over the fence in front of the United States Capitol in 1971 – fake fake fake. Kerry is easily seen now to have been controlled opposition, and so too, in my humble opinion, was Nelson Mandela.
Once elected president, what’s did he do? His Truth and Reconciliation Commission forgave the sins of the apartheid regime. While that may seem noble on the surface, it could also be the work of a planted agent of the those having real power before, during and after the time of Mandela.