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ABOUT JOHAN WILKE

BIOGRAPHY

 

 

Johan Wilke is widely revered as a top commercial photographer, both in South Africa and internationally. He specialises in fashion, beauty, food and advertising. He follows his passion, documentary photography, whenever his schedule allows. 

Capturing the decisive moment drives Johan to create breathtakingly beautiful, visually demanding, dramatic images, an expression of the environments he immerses himself in. 

Johan completed a National Diploma in Graphic Design, at the Port Elizabeth Technikon School of Art & Design, followed by a Higher Diploma in Photography, after which he lectured in photography. 

Now based in Cape Town, South Africa, he has worked for a number of prestigious advertising clients and magazines both locally and internationally. 

Johan has exhibited extensively countrywide and his work has earned him several prestigious awards. He is a favourite with magazine publishers and has built strong working relationships with top production teams around the country. 

Johan has often been described as “the quiet man” and is a private person by nature, an observer at heart. He is driven and commands excellence in the works he creates. 

With his vast experience in the industry and artistic skill, Johan weaves magic with his legendary use of light. 

 

EXHIBITIONS:

1986 – BAWART GROUP EXHIBITION – Grahamstown

1986 – BAWART GROUP EXHIBITION – Port Elizabeth

1987 – BAWART GROUP EXHIBITION – Grahamstown

1988 – THIRD WORLD GROUP EXHIBITION – Munich

1988 – BAWART GROUP EXHIBITION – Grahamstown

1988 – LATENT MOMENTS – Port Elizabeth

1989 – ONE ART EXHIBITION – Grahamstown

1990 – HERE & THERE – Port Elizabeth

1992 – ILFORD PROFOTO GROUP EXHIBITION

1993 – ILFORD PROFOTO GROUP EXHIBITION

1994 – ILFORD PROFOTO GROUP EXHIBITION

1994 – FASHION PHOTOGRAPHERS – Cape Town

1994 – DOCUMENTS – Cape Town

1994 – DOCUMENTS – Bloemfontein

1995 – ILFORD GROUP EXHIBITION

1998 - THE NUDE – Cape Town

1999 – ANGELS – Cape Town

2000 – ANGELS – Paarl

2002 – SKIN DEEP – CAPE TOWN

2003 - SKIN DEEP - PORT ELIZABETH

2004 - PRIVATE COLLECTIONS - JHB

2005 - THEREAL - CAPE TOWN

2005 – 10 YEARS OF FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHAN WILKE

2005 – THEREAL - STELLENBOSCH

2006 - THEREAL - PORT ELIZABETH

2008- GURU

2008- WATER

2012- YOU ARE I AM

2012-  MNEMONIC

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