A life filled with experience

2010-10-08 09:13

1940 – Born Ernest Levi Tsoloane Kole in the township of Riverside (now Eersterust) east of Pretoria.

– Leaves school and starts taking photographs.

1958 – Becomes an apprentice for Drum magazine under Jürgen Schadeberg.

1960 – Family is forcibly removed from ­Riverside to Mamelodi.

1966 – Leaves South Africa for London in what will become a 23-year exile.

1967 – House of Bondage, his seminal book of photographs about the horrors of life under apartheid, is published.

1967 to 1971 – Receives a grant from the Ford Foundation in the US to document the lives of African-Americans in the ­southern United States.

1970 – Holds an exhibition alongside the celebration of the Swedish Photographers’ Association’s 75th anniversary in Stockholm.

1971 – Part of the exhibition Foto, Film, Bild, shown at Gothenburg Konsthall in Sweden.

1976 – Homeless on the streets of New York.

1980s – Moves in with artist Dumile Feni and Dr Cyril Khanyile in New York.

1990 – Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and dies in New York never having ­returned home to South Africa.

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