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Photographer Alf Kumalo Dies

Alf Kumalo as he is arrested at a boxing match in 1976

Do not underestimate the power of photography. Alf Kumalo, a South African self-taught photographer made the world change with his strong images of Apartheid. The New York Times writes:

“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.

Portrait of Alf Kumalo. Photographer unknown. (NY Times)

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.


About Gina Genis

Hi Friends, I'm a photographer and artist who lives in Washington DC. I have two blogs. The Gina Genis Blog is about art and photography. My new blog, DC Discoveries is dedicated to showing you everything from fashion to art, food to entertainment in all sections of the District. I hope you will take the journey with me. I exhibit my work in museums and galleries across the U.S. I'm included in the permanent collections of the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, the Otto G. Richter Library Special Collections Division of the University of Miami, Hard Rock Casino, Orange County Transit District, IBM, and the Sarah and Adam Markman Collection among others. My series "Window Peeping" was included in OsCene 2010 at the Laguna Art Museum, Truman State University, Fellows of Contemporary Art, Biola University, and solo shows at Gallery 825 and Cypress College. The "June Gloom" series was exhibited in a solo show at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The "Kala" series has been exhibited at MPLS Photo Center, Cypress College, and Gallery 825. "Economy Portraits" was created as an Artist In Residence project at the Huntington Beach Art Center, and was awarded "Best Art Show of 2011" by the OC Weekly. I curated Wide Angle View, an exhibit of 16 international, award-winning photo and multi-media journalists at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art to much critical acclaim. Recent reviews of my work have appeared in the Huffington Post, Art Scene, OC Weekly, Orange County Register, New University, Riviera Magazine, Coast Magazine, Huntington Beach Independent, and appeared on CNN, NBC, ABC, and more. I lead the Gina Genis Photo Workshops where I show beginning and intermediate photographers how to jump to the next level with their work. I also teach online photography courses through The Compelling Image.

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