Ranjith: Through the Lens of Durban's Veteran Photographer
Many Durbanites have known Ranjith Kally's work from the social pages of local newspapers for decades, but this 85 year old photographer received scant recognition before his first solo exhibition, which opened in Johannesburg in 2004.
Born in Isipingo, Durban, Kally started taking photographs while working at a shoe factory in Durban. In 1952, he won third prize in an international competition in Japan out of a field of 150 000 entries. His strength in portraiture has enabled him to portray some of the most important and glamorous figures in South African history, including Nelson Mandela, Chief Albert Luthuli, Miriam Makeba and Sonny Pillay.
The exhibition curated by Riason Naidoo, is an acknowledgement of Kally's work since 1945, but also allows us the privilege of reflecting on our fascinating past through the lens of Durban's veteran photographer.
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