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Famous Photographers from South Africa

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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 Khumalo (5 September 1930 – 21 October 2012), better known as Alf Kumalo, and with the surname sometimes spelled Khumalo, was a South African documentary photographer and photojournalist.   ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 82 (1930-2012)
    • Birthplace: Alexandra, Gauteng, South Africa
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    Austin Stevens (born 19 May 1950) is a South African-born Australian naturalist, herpetologist, wildlife photographer, documentarian, television personality, and author best known as the host of the Animal Planet nature documentary series Austin Stevens: Snakemaster (2004−09).  ...more
    • Age: 71
    • Birthplace: Pretoria, South Africa
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    Bob Gosani (1934–1972) was a South African photographer.  ...more
    • Age: 87
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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 photojournalism, including lighting portraiture in the field, and his prolific work rate. He travels an average of nine months of the year, working exclusively on commissioned assignment. Stirton’s work has appeared in Newsweek, National Geographic, CNN Traveler, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, The Sunday Times Magazine, Le Monde 2, GQ, Geo and many other respected  ...more
    • Age: 52
    • Birthplace: Durban, South Africa