South African photographer of iconic protest image dies

JOHANNESBURG — Tributes are being paid following the death of Sam Nzima, the South African photographer who took the iconic image of a black high school student carrying a fatally wounded fellow student away from the gunfire of apartheid police in the Soweto student riots of 1976.

Nzima, 83, died Saturday night in the northwestern city of Nelspruit, according to South Africa’s state broadcaster, the SABC. His son, Thulani Nzima, said the photographer collapsed on Thursday and was taken to a hospital but did not recover.

Nzima’s photograph of the Soweto student uprising galvanized international public opinion against apartheid, South Africa’s system of racial discrimination that ended in 1994.

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