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KOTO BOLOFO

PHOTOGRAPHER + DIRECTOR

Koto Bolofo

The scene Koto Bolofo operates in has changed significantly since he arrived in London in the early 1960s, a political refugee from apartheid South Africa. From humble beginnings, the self-taught photographer honed his craft and was recognized for his ability to present honest beauty and stunning unexpected compositions. His lack of formal training allowed for a fresh perspective and an ability to create his own narrative.
With a thoughtful and empathetic approach bringing new vision through his lens, Bolofo naturally crosses the genres of photography, delving into photojournalism, documentary, fashion, art and advertising. His imagery and world view gives a sense of timelessness for brands including Louis Vuitton, Dior, Chanel, Nike, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Loewe, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Gap, and Levi’s.
Now based in Paris, Bolofo has numerous publications to his name on a wide range of subjects including Venus Williams, Lord Snowdon, Rolls-Royce motorcars, and a voyeuristic 11-volume look behind the closed doors of the notoriously private luxury house, Hermès.
Bolofo is the 2022 recipient of the prestigious Lucie Award for Achievement in Advertising in Photography.
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I love using the word “photograph” instead of 'image', 'image' for me is disposable

-Koto Bolofo
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The result of a seven-year project, Bolofo’s images showcase the painstaking measures that go into the production of a single Hermès product.

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‘His intimacy with his subjects is something you really feel in his work; he works hard to make a connection with his subjects to get to a level of ease and total openness. You see it in the books he makes, like Dreams and Venus: there is an extraordinary level of trust between photographer and subject.’

-Willemijn van der Zwaan

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