Alf Kumalo honoured

Master lensman remembered by peers

Rashid Lombard is CEO of espAfrika
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The 2013 Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) Duotone Photographic Exhibition paid homage to Alf Kumalo, who photographed many of South Africa’s most decisive moments in the build up to democracy.


As established as the festival itself, the annual Duotone Photographic Exhibition displays jazz photographs of the past and also presents new work in jazz photography.  This year, a broader palette than just jazz music photography was presented.


Rashid Lombard, CEO of espAfrika and director of the festival, said the entire exhibition space was dedicated to the work of the iconic South African documentary photographer, Alf Kumalo, who passed away in 2012. 


“Always with a camera over his shoulder, ever ready to capture yet another moment in our history, Alf Kumalo was a visual historian who covered many of the events that shaped us as a nation.


“The 2013 Duotone Photographic Exhibition presents a selection of Kumalo’s pictures that speak of his standing as one of South Africa’s most distinguished photographers. It will teach us about the power and importance of the visual medium of photography and I urge all festival-goers, Capetonians and visitors of our city to spend some time contemplating the works on show. 


“South Africa lost one of its greatest photographers in October last year (2012). Alfred Kumalo left behind him a body of work that speaks of his dedication to the craft as a vehicle for resistance against the apartheid regime.”


Lombard says Kumalo covered seminal events in South Africa’s history: the Treason Trial, the Rivonia Trial, trade union activity in the 1970s, and the rise of the Black Consciousness Movement.


The Duotone Photographic Exhibition has become an integral part of the annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Today it is acclaimed as a powerful forum for showcasing top photographers from South Africa and abroad who have captured jazz as an art form on camera.


Past Duotone Photographic Exhibitions have included the works of two South Africans and one international photographer. South Africa’s Mike Mzileni, Basil Breakey, Fanie Jason, George Hallett, Cedric Nunn, Ranjith Kelly and Alf Khumalo have all been featured, as well as international photographers such as William Ellis, Rico D’Rozaro, Herman Leonard and Uli Pschewoschny.


Kumalo’s work has been widely published internationally, including in The Observer (UK), New York Times, New York Post and The Sunday Independent (UK). Before his death, he set up a photographic school in Diepkloof, Soweto, providing aspiring young South African photographers with knowledge and skills to pursue their careers.


Added Lombard: “Let us also remember that ‘light is to a photographer what sound is to a musician.’


The Duotone Exhibition ran at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from Thursday 4th April to Saturday 6th April.


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