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Alf Kumalo
Biographical info

Alf Kumalo is one of South Africa’s foremost photo-journalists. He has been working in the field for 50 years and still freelances for The Star. In the sixties he was part of the now famous Drum team.

Kumalo’s work has appeared in international newspapers such as The Observer, The New York Times, and the British Sunday Independent. He is the author of two books, Mandela: Echoes of an Era and Alf Kumalo: South African Photographer.

His other achievements include:

• Presidential Order of Ikhamanga (2004)
• Nat Nakasa Award for Media Integrity (2005)
• Several overseas exhibitions, including at the UN General Assembly in New York (2004)

Both well connected and highly respected, Kumalo is still actively involved in -- and photographing -- many top events in South Africa. He was the one photographer invited to Nelson Mandela’s private 80th birthday party at his home in the Eastern Cape.

Photo: BooksLive.