Cloete Breytenbach was not planning exhibition of his work

By Raphael Wolf Time of article published Jun 4, 2019

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Brenda Breytenbach, widow of renowned photographer Cloete Breytenbach, who died at the weekend, has denied a claim by fellow photographer Gavin Furlonger, carried in yesterday’s paper, that he (Cloete) had been planning a retrospective exhibition at the time of his death.

The Cape Times regrets any inconvenience caused to the Breytenbach family.

Breytenbach’s daughter Anna said her father had a quadruple heart bypass operation on May 31, but started internal bleeding in the ICU.

Mediclinic Panorama doctors and staff tried for three hours to save his life, but he died peacefully after midnight on Friday, she said.

Her father lived in Plattekloof.

“For the last three decades he was self-employed and freelancing for various publications and television channels, doing mostly documentary film-making.

“In recent years he also hosted solo photographic exhibitions in New York, Amsterdam, Portugal and South Africa,” Anna said.

She said he had covered the Frelimo- Renamo war in Mozambique, wars in Angola and Vietnam, and the Yom Kippur War between Israel and a group of Arab countries led by Egypt and Syria in 1973.

She said her late father was survived by his wife Brenda, four children and two grandchildren, and that he would be cremated.

A memorial service will be held on June 17 in Cape Town, with the venue still to be announced.


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