Alf Kumalo, an internationally recognised photographer, was on the spot to capture many key dramatic moments in South Africa’s liberation history, both tragic and joyous. In this collection Kumalo demonstrates his unique access to diverse iconic figures, not only in the South African struggle, but also in the global spotlight.” – From Through My Lens: A Photographic Memoir Born in Utrecht, KwaZulu-Natal, Alf Kumalo (1930 – 2012) came to Johannesburg as a young boy. A largely self-taught photographer, he worked at Bantu World and Golden CityPost in the 1950s, freelanced for Drum magazine in the 1960s, and Sunday Times in the 1970s. Kumalo joined The Star in Johannesburg in the 1980s. His work has been published in leading international newspapers such as The Observer, TheNew York Times, New York Post and The Sunday Independent, and exhibited at the United Nations General Assembly, New York City. Kumalo’s books include Mandela: Echoes of an Era; Alf Kumalo: South African Photographer; Through My Lens: A Photographic Memoir; and 8115: A Prisoner's Home. Kumalo was awarded the Presidential Order of Ikhamanga in Silver in 2004 and the Nat Nakasa Award for Media Integrity in 2005.