“Mr. Kumalo had a knack for being where history was unfolding. He was among the photographers who covered the Sharpeville Massacre on March 21, 1960, when 69 people were killed as white police officers fired on a crowd protesting the South African pass laws, which restricted the movements of blacks. The killings helped catalyze resistance to apartheid.”
This type of event was typical for the brave man to capture on film. As a black man, he endured the same beatings and harassment that the protesting citizens of Apartheid did.
Kumalo began his photography career in the 1950’s because the newspaper he worked, Bantu World, for was too small to have a dedicated photographer, so Kumalo took his own photos to accompany his articles. He went on to become on of the top photojournalists in South African history.
Alf Kumalo – September 5, 1930 – October 21, 2012
To learn more about Alf Kumalo, click this link to his obituary in the New York Times.