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.
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