About me

My First Love is shooting B&W 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 12, 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 SLR cameras, imported Kodak & Ilford 135mm stock; I now leave my DSLR gear behind (mentally & emotionally), and venture out in pursuit of creating B&W Silver-Gelatin handprints; "... making sure they bloody good." echoing in my head.

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 headed, "-- The Artist" are B&W film shoots producing limited-edition Silver-Gelatin handprint collections exhibited abroad, primarily Italy, and on occasion here at home in Cape Town, RSA.


Advertising, Black & White Analogue, Black & White Film Photographer, Black and White Photography, commercial, commercial photographer, digital photographer, exhibitions, Fine Arts, Hospitality, Industrial Photographer, lifestyle, Location Specialist, PR, Stock Photographer, Travelogue, videographer

Sector Experience

above the line, Advertising, Advertorials, Architecture, art galleries, Automotive Photography, B&W Photographic Prints, Black & White Film Photography, Construction (commercial & industrial), Exhibitions, fine art photography, Galleries & Studios, Gallery Exhibitions, Hotels & Resorts, Image Banks, industrial photography, Interior Decor & Design, Interior Designers, Interiors, Photographic Exhibitions, property development, Stock Image Sales, Travel, Travelogue Photography


Cannes Lions - Gold, Cannes Lions – Gold. SANYO Print Campaign, Creativepool Annual Shortlist, 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


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, 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, THORN Construction, Velux, Germany, Volvo RSA

#1 Ranked Photographer
From 2 Recommendations
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
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 "SERENDIPITY"
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
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Ken Gerhardt has been a Contributor since 25th November 2015.

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