About me

My 'First Love' is shooting on roll film--B&W photography is the 'Medium-of-Light'.

It was in my late teens that the fine arts became a passion of mine and, had photography not seduced me away, I would have gone on to study fine art at Michaelis Art School in Cape Town. The attraction to photography led me to Dirk Schwager Studios. From day one as his understudy, I was assigned to darkroom duties. After fourteen months in the dark ages, he finally handed me a Nikon F2, one roll of B&W film and ushered me out into broad daylight, "... bring back pictures, make sure they bloody good!"

It has been 40 years since I went out on my own but, over the last 11, my First Love of the fine arts re-surfaced. In 2010 -I decided to do something about this love affair so, I hauled out my trusty SLR camera gear, imported Kodak & Ilford film stock; I now leave my DSLR equipment behind (mentally & emotionally), and venture out in pursuit of, "... making sure they bloody good" photographs echoing in my mind...

To quote John Steinbeck, "The camera need not be a cold mechanical device. Like the pen, it is as good as the man who uses it. It can be the extension of mind and heart."

NB; All Projects with, "The Artist" in the title, are B&W Film collections of limited-edition Silver-Gelatin, handprints for exhibiting abroad, primarily Italy, then on occasion here at home in Cape Town, RSA.

Skills

Actualities, Advertising, Architecture & Construction Development Industries, Automobile Industries, Black & White Film Photographer, commercial photographer, Construction & Mining Industries, fine art, Fine Arts, Fine–Art, Industrial Photographer, Location Specialist, Oil & Gas Exploration Industries, real-life short films, Reportage, short films, Silver-Gelatin Prints, Stock Photographer, Travelogue, video documentaries, videography, Wine Production Industries

Sector Experience

Advertising, Advertorials, Architecture, Automotive Photography, Black & White Film Photography, Exhibitions, Galleries & Studios, Gallery Exhibitions, Image Banks, Interior Decor & Design, Interiors, Location Specialist, Photographic Exhibitions, Stock Image Sales, Travel, Travelogue Photography

Awards

Cannes Lions – Gold: Sanyo Print Ad Campaign, Creativepool Shorlist x2 – Annual 2020 Awards, Creativepool Top10 – Best Photographers of 2020, Creativepool Top25 Director of Photography, Creativepool Top25 Photographer, Creativepool Top25 Photographer - Film, SA Fuji ProFoto Awards; Automotive - 2 Golds, SA Fuji ProFotos Awards; Print Ad - 3 Silvers

Clients

AMPED! Electrical, BMW South Africa, Caravan & Outdoor Life Magazine, Constantia Wine Route, DEVMCO Group, Drive Out Magazine, ELPRO Group, EU Europen Union, Rwanda Africa, GalleryF (South Africa), Gallo Images (Pty) Ltd. (South Africa), Getty Images, GUA Development Co. (Growing Up Africa), Harley Davidson, RSA, iB Agency Foto & Video Management. Milan Italy, Jaguar/Land Rover SA, Klein Constantia Winery, La PARC, LA Trading, Land Rover, RSA, Landliebe, Germany, LUX Lighting, MAZISTA Tiles (Pty) Ltd., Mitsubishi Trade Magazine, Mrecedes Benz RSA, Open One Gallery, Pietrasanta Tuscany. Italy, Phormpak SA, Regis Holdings Group. Black River, Mauritius, SA 4x4 Magazine, SA Country Life Magazine, Scuderie Granducali Gallery. Seravezza, Italy, Serevezza Fotografia 2017, Italia, SJCP Contractors, SONILS OSC. Luanda, Angola, THE NET, THORN Construction, Velux, Germany, Volvo RSA

Ranking
#1 Ranked Photographer
5.0 
From 2 Recommendations
Achievements
Annual 2020 ShortlistSubmission – “Annual 2020”Photography Annual 2020 ShortlistTrek-Net FishermenPhotography
Top 25 Photographer Project featured:TRAVELOGUE
on 23rd October 2018
Project featured:Wine Farming
on 5th November 2018
Project featured:Trek-Net Fishermen
on 23rd January 2019
Project featured:MARKETING
on 25th September 2019
Project featured:GRAVEL TRAVEL
on 25th January 2020
Project featured:DOCKSIDE
on 5th February 2020
Project featured:PORTRAITURE
on 20th February 2020
Project featured:SURREALISM (Collection #01)
on 21st April 2020
Project featured:WHAT COLOUR?
on 24th April 2020
Project featured:OFF-THE-WALL
on 27th April 2020
Project featured:Film REvisited - The Artist
on 29th April 2020
Project featured:Why shoot FILM in a digital era - The Artist
on 1st May 2020
Project featured:LOCKDOWN
on 13th May 2020
Project featured:The Garden Path - The Artist
on 2nd June 2020
Project featured:industrial-IS-beautiful
on 2nd June 2020
Project featured:Angola's Future – PORTRAITURE
on 3rd June 2020
Project featured:INDUSTRIAL
on 4th June 2020
Project featured:Off the Rails - The Artist
on 11th June 2020
Project featured:BEACH HUTS
on 22nd June 2020
Project featured:Country Gates & Fences - The Artist
on 23rd June 2020
Project featured:CAPPUCCINO
on 14th July 2020
Project featured:Richtersveld Transfrontier Park
on 24th July 2020
Project featured:Hasselblad XPan - The Artist
on 27th July 2020
Project featured:KODAK Travels – The Artist
on 7th August 2020
Project featured:KODAK Travels – The Artist
on 10th August 2020
Project featured:A necktie named "SNAPPER"
on 14th August 2020
Project featured:"ALONG THE WAY" [18 Walled structures]
on 6th October 2020
Project featured:Wind Energy
on 17th October 2020
Project featured:"ALONG THE WAY" [18 Odd shots]
on 20th October 2020
Project featured:Breaking ground, building lifestyle...
on 13th November 2020
Project featured:THE NET
on 2nd December 2020
Project featured:Steeple People
on 29th January 2021
Project featured:Spaza Shops - Uganda
on 25th February 2021
Project featured:It's in The Detail!
on 26th February 2021
Project featured:SURREALISM (Collection #02)
on 11th March 2021
Project featured:That Damn Lady!
on 17th March 2021
Project featured:"Rooted"
on 20th March 2021
Project featured:Composition or, Juxtaposition?
on 7th April 2021
Project featured:IS IT ART?
on 7th May 2021
Project featured:Decor Landscapes
on 14th June 2021
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Ken Gerhardt has been a Contributor since 25th November 2015.

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Contract
Freelance
Location
Cape Town
Skill Level
Senior, Director
Languages
English
Creativepool member since 3 October 2016