Legendary photographer John Liebenberg dies
16 February 2020 | Local News
Legendary photographer John Liebenberg passed away today.
Liebenberg was hospitalised since last week, according to his daughter Jessica, who had started a GoFundMe page to raise money for his hospital stay.
Liebenberg was admitted in the intensive care unit (ICU) of the Olivedale Hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa.
He was rushed to hospital following a fall and underwent an emergency operation.
Announcing his death, Jessica thanked those who had supported the Liebenberg family following the incident.
“It is with great sadness that I must tell you that my father passed away following complications in his recovery from the surgery,” she said.
The funds raised would be used to cover hospital costs, she said.
“Your support meant a lot to my dad, and he said as much on Friday when I last spoke to him. Your support, financial or otherwise, means a lot to us as a family,” she said.
Liebenberg was born in Johannesburg in 1958. He was conscripted into the South African Defence Force (SADF) and was sent to the Ondangwa air force base.
He later returned to Namibia and in 1985 was appointed as a photographer for The Namibian.
Liebenberg was a senior and established news photographer whose work has been exhibited in Africa and Europe. His Namibian photographic collection documenting Swapo’s war of liberation and the South African occupation is widely used by historians, researchers and filmmakers.
Following independence he and his family moved to Johannesburg, from where he covered the Angolan civil war as freelancer for Reuters. He later joined Media24 magazines, mostly working for Drum.
He is survived by his three children Joseph, Jessica, Max and grandson Leo.