Alfred Khumalo

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Alfred Khumalo


Journalist and photographer for Drum magazine

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Date of birth: 
5 September 1930
Location of birth: 
Alexandra, Johannesburg, Gauteng (then Transvaal), South Africa
Date of death: 
21 October 2012

Alfred "Alf" Khumalo was born in Johannesburg and matriculated at the WiIberforce Institute in Evaton.

Khumalo began his working career as a journalist in 1951, freelancing for Bantu World, where he took photographs to illustrate his stories. In 1956, Khumalo found a permanent position at the Golden City Post.

As a young man, Khumalo was intrigued by the impact of pictures, and their ability to “freeze moments in time”. Khumalo had experienced this ability as a child, and this childhood obsession encouraged him to pursue a career in photography.

• Alf Khumalo (2007) [online] Available at: [Accessed 20 March 2009]
• Interview: Alfred Khumalo [online] Available at: [Accessed 20 March 2009]
• Majavu, M (2004) “Alf Khumalo: 5 decades in photos” [online] Available at: [Accessed 20 March 2009]
• “The National Orders Awards, October 2004” [online] Available at: [Accessed 17 March 2009]
• Alf Kumalo wins 2005 Nat Nakasa Award [Online]. Available at: [Accessed 3 March 2009]

Last updated : 05-Mar-2018

This article was produced for South African History Online on 17-Feb-2011