It is with great sadness that I learnt of the passing of Ranjith Kally earlier today. He was a true photographic artist, and a pioneer in his field in a period when there were no opportunities for black South Africans.
He had a keen eye for the perfect image which saw him capture watershed moments in South Africa’s history. He received international recognition when his iconic shot of Chief Albert Luthuli was used around the world when Chief Luthuli won the Nobel Peace Prize. He also captured stunning images of Madiba, Monty Naicker, Fatima and Ismail Meer, Miriam Makeba and many stalwarts of the struggle. His photography is the rich legacy that he leaves for posterity.
Vanashree and I are privileged to have had him photograph our wedding and to have had him as our friend.
Our sincere condolences go to the Kally Family and I wish them strength and fortitude during this difficult time.
6 June 2017