South Africa is mourning the loss of photographer Alf Kumalo who died of renal failure in a Johannesburg hospital.
The award-winning photographer made a name for himself documenting apartheid working for several publications, including the well-known Drum magazine. Kumalo was 82 and leaves behind 9 children.
In a statement on his passing, the African National Congress (ANC) said that Kumalo’s death has “robbed South Africa of a rare and significant talent that was pivotal in raising social consciousness and exposing the brutality of the apartheid administration.”
The ANC’s statement went on to say:
‘Bra Alf’ as he was fondly known Has been a source of the part of our history that will forever be relived in the images he has amassed in his industrious and illustrious career of capturing and telling our history through the lenses of his camera. It is partly the work of Alf Khumalo that told telling tales to the world during the rule of apartheid and through his work we were able to give evidence of the brutality of apartheid. `Bra Alf`’ was amongst those who captured the historic images during 1976 that led to the world condemning apartheid.
Up until the time of his death, the self-taught Kumalo was still working teaching young photographers and running his independent museum, the Alf Kumalo Musuem.
In an interview with The New Age, one of Kumalo’s children is quoted as saying that the museum is in financial trouble and is looking for financial support from generous benefactors.