South African photographer Ralph Ndawo (1932 – 1980) began his career as a darkroom assistant, also freelancing for the Golden City Post and Drum magazine. He rose to become Chief Photographer of Post after joining the paper in 1966 and, when it closed in 1971, was transferred to Drum. In 1972, he joined the Rand Daily Mail – working for the publication from 1978 until his untimely death. Ndawo covered important events in South African history during this period, including the 1976 protests, Steve Biko’s funeral, and the Mandela family. The family has kept his archive for over 4 decades. His legacy also reflects feature and social documentary work, some of which was published in Staffrider magazine. Although this archive which has been kept by the family for more than 4 decades is not a full reflection of his life’s work. It does, however indicate his talent and enthusiasm for picture stories beyond the news. The images in this collection were taken between 1970-80. There three main categories in the digital archive – The Steve Bantu Biko funeral, September 1977, Religions and Life Through his Eyes.