19 Aug 21 ICONS: Sophia Williams De Bruyn
Sophia Williams De Bruyn reminisced with photographer and filmmaker Adrian Steirn about the great women’s march to the Union Buildings in 1956, and recounted the dignity, bravery and courage of these women who changed the course of South African history.
Steirn took her portrait in the gardens of the Union Buildings in Pretoria for his 21 ICONS South Africa project; a series of B&W portraits and short films showcasing 21 great South Africans who inspire through their extraordinary social contribution.
He said, “Sophia Williams De Bruyn was the youngest of the four women who led the march on the Union Buildings in 1956. I was really looking for a portrait that showed the absolute dignity and significance of that day. And if you look at the portrait and you look at Sophia: there is a woman who is so substantial yet so incredibly gentle. A brave woman who stood up for what she believed in, and that’s reflected in the portrait. There is an absolute sensitivity about that portrait — the way she’s kneeling, the way she’s holding that book (a Bible). And the look on her face!”
The signed, original print (4th in the series) will be sold with the proceeds going to The Sophia De Bruyn and Henry Benny Nato De Bruyn Legacy Foundation Trust, a not-for-profit philanthropic endeavour that targets the communities from which Sophia and her late husband came and where the members of their family still live.
Over 21 weeks, black and white portraits of each icon will be shared as collectable posters in the Sunday Times newspaper, and the accompanying short films will air on SABC3 at 6.57pm, just before the 7pm news. Fans can follow the series online through the digital campaign by Quirk Johannebsurg on Facebook, on Twitter or at www.21icons.com, where you can find icon profiles and behind the scenes images uploaded weekly. Or you can catch up here every Monday.
21 ICONS South Africa is proudly sponsored by Mercedes-Benz South Africa, Nikon, Deloitte, The Sunday Times, SABC3 and the Department of Arts and Culture. Additional credits go to content-creation company Ginkgo Agency.