Photographer Alfred Kumalo dies

2012-10-21 20:33
Johannesburg - Renowned South African photographer Alfred Kumalo has died eNCA reported on Sunday.

He died in a Johannesburg hospital suffering from renal failure.

Kumalo, 82, was born in Alexandra, and made his name as a photographer for Drum Magazine.

In his retirement he ran and managed the Khumalo Photographic Museum in Diepkloof, Soweto.

Kumalo, who matriculated at the Wilberforce Institute in Evaton, began his working career as a journalist and photographer for Bantu World in Johannesburg in 1951. In 1956 he joined the Golden City Post as a permanent staffer.

He covered the 1976 student uprising, the State of Emergency during the 1980s, the unbanning of the liberation movements and the inauguration of South Africa's first democratic government among a host of other events during a career which spanned over more than 50 years.

Kumalo despite his advanced age still worked professionally and ran a professional photographic school in Diepkloof.


  • themba.ntuli - 2012-10-21 20:39

    RIP alf, your lenses where eyes of the nation......

      PrettyUsefulArt - 2012-10-21 21:06

      Indeed they were, Themba. A huge talent. RIP Alf.

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  • herman.bester.58 - 2012-10-21 20:49

    Great loss, great man, great pics! RIP

  • shaynepics - 2012-10-21 21:02

    Bra Alf you will be missed. I will treasure the time spent talking and learning from you.

  • grootrot.vanzyl - 2012-10-21 21:19

    Alf you were an inspiration to us all. We will miss you.

  • eric.f.moloi - 2012-10-21 21:19

    RIP ntate Alfred,u ll always be in our hearts all de tym

      Soet.Engeltjie - 2012-10-21 21:28

      R.I.P Alfred.

  • thabang.tsoku - 2012-10-21 21:20

    ahhhh mr alfred the first guy to take kazer motaung a pic coming from international trip , its one of those who where down to earth i remember serving him @telkom rosebank he was one of those people who hosted the first soccer expro , may his soul rest in peace

  • Palesa Macholo - 2012-10-21 21:27

    Robala ka 'Kgotso Ntate, you have worked.

  • basil.jacobs1 - 2012-10-21 21:45

    RIP Alfred - There goes another great South African Photographer.

  • brett.michielin - 2012-10-21 21:47

    Rip in peace Alf. You were a master of your trade.

  • hannah.p.mostert - 2012-10-21 21:48

    He sounds like a wonderful man, well done on all his achievements, may he rest in peace.

  • duduzile.nkosi - 2012-10-21 22:15

    Lala kahle Mntungwa

  • Frances-Ann Douglas - 2012-10-21 22:24

    rest in peace bra alf

  • Bantu Holomisa - 2012-10-21 22:31

    May his soul rest in peace. Thank you for the role you have played in your field . You have been a role model for many generations in this country. You have been this country's Ambassodor par excellence. A friend of Mohamed Ali, the former heavy weight boxing world champion . To his family and relatives we say akuhlanga lungehlanga .

  • charles.siwele - 2012-10-21 22:54

    Rip baba

  • khumza - 2012-10-21 23:07

    Rest in peace Mntungwa!

  • samoras - 2012-10-21 23:29

    Our sincerest condolences go out to the friends and family of Alfred Khumalo May his legacy live long and strong. #AlfKhumalo

      Annelize Buitendach-Roesch - 2012-10-22 00:03

      Rest in Peace, Molumi Alf! Your legacy will remain. I stand still and salute you! My heartfelt condolences to your family!

  • marah.louw - 2012-10-22 01:52

    RIP Bra Alf, I will always cherish the most beautiful pics you took of me during my wedding to the Scotsman, travelling with us in the Limo, documenting the first mixed race wedding in SA after the scrapping of the " Immorality Act". And all the pics you took of me performing on stage. I'll always remember your humbleness. Lala Ngoxolo ! Bra Alf.

  • gina.wessie - 2012-10-22 02:01

    RIP Bra Alf, your were a role model, mentor and coach to many needy and budding photographers. To Moliehi and family my sincere condolences.

  • niki.wessels - 2012-10-22 04:15

    A sad loss. RIP

  • sazi.khanyile - 2012-10-22 05:06

    Lala ngo Xolo Ngqalabutho!

  • kay.sexwale - 2012-10-22 06:17

    South Africa has lost a legend whose legacy is documented until the end of time in his historic photographs. May his daughter Nonhlanhla and her family walk proud knowing they were touched by greatness.

  • maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-10-22 08:15

    Rest in peace Mr Kumalo, and thank you for the dedication and inspiration.

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-10-22 09:19

    an activist, a role model and a very good and humble man - may his soul rest in peace

  • merven.halo - 2012-10-22 09:24

    RIP, the guy is a legend.

  • eugine.bouwer - 2012-10-22 11:22

    Rest in peace sir(mr alfred khumalo).zuma nearly introduce the protection of information bill,u helped by foto graphing what was happening in south africa on camera and moviefy it 4 the world 2 see.

  • - 2012-10-22 12:31

    RIP Alf - you were an inspiration to generations of photpgraphers and aspiring photographers from all walks of life.

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