Albert Newall

b. 1920, Manchester, United Kingdom.

d. 1989, Cape Town, South Africa.


Born in 1920 in Manchester, UK, Albert Newall lived Johannesburg and later Cape Town, South Africa until his death in 1989. In the late 1930’s in Manchester, Newall trained as an aerial photographer in the Royal Air Force (RAF). Newall immigrated to South Africa in 1946 and practiced as an industrial photographer in the mining sector, eventually settling in Cape Town in early 1953.

Albert Newall established himself as an early and consistent practitioner of abstraction in South Africa in the 1950s. Receiving early international recognition, his work was exhibited at the 28th Venice Biennale in Venice, Italy in 1956, as well as at the São Paulo Biennale in Brazil in 1959. In 1958, Newall’s photography practice culminated in the photographic publication sponsored by the Cape Tercentenary Foundation, Images of the Cape, which celebrated the natural and architectural aspects of the region.

Newall’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, USA as well as the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa.

In 1961 Newall gave up his artistic practice for other pursuits.