Gary Bernard, photographer of The Star, commits suicide in Johannesburg


Gary Bernard(left)

Sunday, 13 September 1998

Gary Bernard was a photographer for the Star Newspaper. He was recruited by conflict photographer Ken Oosterbroek as an intern. He was soon promoted to Staff Photographer. Bernard and Oosterbroek were linked to the  Bang Bang Club. These were four photographers who documented the violence between the United Democratic Front (UDF) and the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) in the townships between 1990 and 1994.

Bernard was winner of Fiji Film’s Photographer of the Year award for 1998. He committed suicide suicide on 13 September 1998.

• Rosenberg A.(2011) Review: ‘The Bang Bang Club’ from Think Progress (29 April 2011) [online] Available at: [Accessed on 2 September 2013]
• Greg Marinovich Joao Silva from Greg Marinovich[online] Available at: [Accessed on 2 September 2013]

Last updated : 12-Sep-2013

This article was produced by South African History Online on 14-Aug-2012