Alf Kumalo (5 September 1930 – 21 October 2012).
As a self-taught photographer, Natal born, Alexandra-raised Alfred Kumalo (affectionately known as Alf) completed his Matric education in Evaton, north of Sebokeng in the Vaal area. In 1950 Alf joined a publication called Bantu World as a photographer; thereafter he joined The Golden City Post. It was his long-term position as a photographer for Drum Magazine that saw Alf really come into his own and get maximum exposure.
Through his career, which spanned over 50 years, Alf would have the opportunity to cover many events that appear strongly in the timeline of the country’s history. Events that shaped the course of the history and the path that the country would take. These include the iconic Rivonia Trial which saw ANC leaders sentenced to imprisonment, the devastating Soweto Uprising of 1976 that took the lives of so many of our children, the frightening times during the state of emergency in the 1980’s and the uplifting moment when South Africa’s first democratic government was inaugurated.