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Famous Photographers from South Africa

List of notable or famous photographers from South Africa, with bios and photos, including the top photographers born in South Africa and even some popular photographers who immigrated to South Africa. If you're trying to find out the names of famous South African photographers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These photographers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known photographer from South Africa is included when available.

List features people like Zwelethu Mthethwa, Austin Stevens and more!

This historic photographers from South Africa list can help answer the questions "Who are some South African photographers of note?" and "Who are the most famous photographers from South Africa?" These prominent photographers of South Africa may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected South African photographers.

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    Alfred Kumalo, better known as Alf Kumalo, and with the surname sometimes spelled Khumalo, was a South African documentary photographer and photojournalist. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 82 (1930-2012)
    • Birthplace: Alexandra, Gauteng, South Africa
    • Profession: Actor, Photographer
    • Credits: The Bang Bang Club, Nor the Moon by Night
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    Austin Stevens is a South African-born herpetologist, wildlife photographer, film maker and author best known for hosting a series of snake documentaries, best known of which is Austin Stevens: Most Dangerous. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 65
    • Birthplace: Pretoria, South Africa
    • Profession: Photographer
    • Credits: Austin Stevens: Snakemaster
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    Bob Gosani was a South African photographer. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 38 (1934-1972)
    • Profession: Photographer
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    Brent Stirton is a Senior Photographer for Getty Images, based in New York. His award-winning work has been widely recognized for its powerful depiction of issues related to conflict, health and environmental issues. Stirton specializes in documentary work and is known for his alternative approaches to ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 46
    • Birthplace: Durban, South Africa
    • Profession: Journalist, Photographer
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    Colla Swart, born 1930, is a well-known South African Photographer. She started professional photography in 1982, and has become famous for her nature and people photography in and around her birth town of Kamieskroon. Colla and her Canadian photographer friend Freeman Patterson hosted, until recently, ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 85
    • Profession: Photographer
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    Constance Stuart Larrabee was a photographer best known for her images of South Africa. She was South Africa's first female war correspondent during World War II. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 86 (1914-2000)
    • Birthplace: Cornwall, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Photographer
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    David Goldblatt is a South African photographer noted for his portrayal of South Africa during the period of apartheid and more recently that country's landscapes. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 85
    • Birthplace: Randfontein, South Africa
    • Profession: Photographer
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    Ernest Cole was a South African photographer. In the early 1960s, he started to freelance for clients such as Drum magazine, the Rand Daily Mail, Drum and the Sunday Express. This made him South Africa’s first black freelance photographer. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 50 (1940-1990)
    • Birthplace: Eersterust, South Africa
    • Profession: Photographer
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    Jürgen Schadeberg is a South African photographer and artist. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 84
    • Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
    • Profession: Artist, Photographer
    • Credits: Sophiatown, Have You Seen Drum Recently?, Have you seen Drum recently?
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    Ken Oosterbroek

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    Ken Oosterbroek, was a South African photojournalist and member of the Bang-Bang Club. He worked for The Star in Johannesburg, which was South Africa's biggest daily broadsheet. He won numerous photography awards for his work. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 31 (1963-1994)
    • Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
    • Profession: Photographer
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    Kevin Carter was a South African photojournalist and member of the Bang-Bang Club. He was the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize for his photograph depicting the 1994 famine in Sudan. He committed suicide at the age of 33. His story is depicted in the 2010 feature film The Bang-Bang-Club, in which he was ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 34 (1960-1994)
    • Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
    • Profession: Journalist, Photojournalist, Photographer
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    Obie Oberholzer

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    Petrus Cornelius Jacobus "Obie" Oberholzer is a South African photographer. Oberholzer was born on a small farm outside Pretoria, South Africa. He studied graphic design at Stellenbosch University in the late 1960s, and photography at the Bavarian State Institute of Photography in Munich, Germany in the ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 68
    • Profession: Photographer
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    Peter Magubane is a South African photographer. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 83
    • Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
    • Profession: Photographer
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    Sam Haskins, born Samuel Joseph Haskins, was a British photographer, born and raised in South Africa. He started his photographic career in Johannesburg and moved to London in 1968. Haskins is best known for his contribution to nude photography, in-camera image montage, and his books, the most ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 83 (1926-2009)
    • Birthplace: Kroonstad
    • Profession: Photographer
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    Steve Bloom

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    Steve Bloom is a film editor. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 62
    • Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
    • Profession: Film Editor, Writer, Photographer
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    Zanele Muholi is a South African photographer and visual activist. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 43
    • Birthplace: Umlazi, South Africa
    • Profession: Film Director, Photographer
    • Credits: Enraged By A Picture, Difficult Love, films4peace 2013: Zanele Muholi
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    Zwelethu Mthethwa is a South African painter and photographer. Mthethwa is represented in Cape Town by BRUNDYN + GONSALVES, Johannesburg by Everard Read and in New York by the Jack Shainman Gallery. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: Durban, South Africa
    • Profession: Photographer
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