Koto Bolofo, the London-based fashion photographer, has reached the top of his craft despite a turbulent upbringing; he fled with his family as political exiles from South Africa in his youth, ultimately settling in Great Britain. An interest in the visual blossomed during Bolofo’s time in London and he quickly decided that a camera was the best medium to express himself. Despite having no formal education in photography, he moved up quickly in the industry and has become internationally renowned for his work, appearing in high-end editorial and fashion magazines such as Vogue and GQ and was the first photographer to have ever received a ‘carte blanche’ from the Hermes Maison workshops. He has published numerous books with the famed publishing house Steidl.
Using only a basic set up and relying on natural light and an old lm camera, Bolofo’s images are intimate yet rich in texture and colour and, in his own words, capture a “raw luxury” that is unique to himself. Bolofo has a romantic approach to photography and strives to “capture the infinite point of timelessness” through his lens. To achieve a stronger connection with his subjects, he visits all of them before the shoots, so that they can “grow as friends”. “You have to LOVE people and understand them,” Bolofo explains.
Koto Bolofo currently works and lives in London, UK.