Remembering the work of Ken Oosterbroek on the 30th anniversary of his death



                      Ken Oosterbroek Collection


Ken Oosterbroek was a member of the Bang-Bang club – a group of journalists who documented the atrocities of the later stages of apartheid. Ken was killed at the age of 32, only 9 days before South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994.  

View a gallery of Ken’s work available for licensing


Photographer, Ken Oosterbroek, was born February 14, 1962, Johannesburg,  South Africa. He was named Ilford Press Photographer of the Year in 1989 and 1991 and was co-recipient of the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography for his contribution to the coverage of the transition to democracy in South Africa


Ken Oosterbroek’s archive also includes photos of some of the significant figures from the period, including President Nelson Mandela


Ken was a one of 4 members of The Bang-Bang Club – a group of four photojournalists active during the final years of apartheid in South Africa. The other members were Greg Marinovich, Kevin Carter and João Silva. They gained their nickname “Bang-Bang Club” due to their intense and often dangerous coverage of the township violence and political unrest in South Africa during the early 1990s


Ken Oosterbroek was tragically killed 30 years ago on 18 April 1994, while covering a gun battle in Thokoza township between Inkatha supporters and the National Peacekeeping Force – just nine days before the first democratic elections



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