Saving the best for last!
Please join us for our final exhibition of the year showcasing some images taken over the last five decades by internationally acclaimed photojournalist, Alf Kumalo.
5 The Cobbles
4th Avenue (Cnr 11th St)
082 561 1201
World renowned photo-journalist and social documentary photographer.
Alf Kumalo was born in Vrededorp, Johannesburg on 5 September 1930. He attended local schools and matriculated at Oobervos High School in Everton.
Kumalo began his journalistic career at the newspaper Bantu World in the 1950s. He developed an interest in photography and set up a studio with the help of one of his teachers in 1952. He was offered an apprenticeship with Dennis Arden and, later, turned down an employment offer from Drum Magazine.
In 1957 Kumalo began working as a photographer at the Golden City Post, a daily newspaper targeted at Black, Coloured and Indian readers. The publication closed down in 1971 and he went to the United States of America, where he freelanced for six and a half months.
When Kumalo returned he found a position at the Sunday Times, where he remained until 1977. During this period he photographed the Soweto Uprising, as well as Sophiatown and the Rivonia Trial. He was harassed, assaulted and even detained while capturing the moments that would later make him famous. He then joined the Drum staff as a picture editor, but left when an opportunity to work with boxer Muhammad Ali presented itself.
Kumalo returned to freelancing and then in 1980 he joined The Star newspaper. He presented his work in various exhibitions and published several photographic books. He also acted as mentor and teacher to other photographers, like Ernest Cole, and, recently opened a training facility for young photographers at his home in Soweto.
On 29 October 2004 Kumalo was awarded the Order of Ikhamanga in silver, one of the highest rewards that can be bestowed on a South African. He was honoured for his ?fearless determination in capturing our country?s history ? from political turmoil, transition, to the dawn of democracy?.