Meet Siphiwe Nkosi
I was trained and worked as an art director for a decade before becoming a professional photographer. Coming from that background was the best thing for my photography, it taught me to appreciate design. In many ways, I still think of myself as a graphic designer or art director as much as a photographer. Advertising has opened up my imagination and allowed me to say a lot with as little as possible.
I generally enjoy commercial commissions. Sometimes it’s nice having subjects placed in front of me that I have not come up with myself. I’ve always worked with a full production team: producers, make up artists, stylists and art directors on set.
This requires a constant conversation and an exchange of ideas. It forces you to articulate what you are thinking more clearly, which leads to more analytic form of work.
I’ve been blessed to work on great brands with a range of astonishing people in my field. Together we’ve shot ads for MTN, Vodacom, Air Botswana, Cell C, SABC, DSTV, Clinix, eTV, Coca-Cola, Soul City, SAB, Black Brain Productions, Woodin Fashion, Lebo Mashile, Anglo Platinum, Stoan Seate, Black Like Me, Jabu Stone, Airtel, Nedbank, Absa, Orange, Openview HD, Standard Bank, Total, Kao Diamond Mine, Business Connexion, Converse, Samson Fashion, ANC, Sanral, Pop Idols, Seagrams, among others.
The way I view photography is closer to poetry than to documentary. It is about how we want to see ourselves. I want my images to inspire beauty because it is a necessary aspect to human life. Beauty gives people hope. The problems of the world are always front and center, so I want to uplift people.
I mostly work with art directors, brand managers and fashion editors. However, anyone who requires my services is welcome to contact me.