Photo of Oupa Nkosi

Oupa Nkosi

b. Johannesburg, 1976

Photographer and journalist Oupa Nkosi’s work documents South Africa’s many diverse groups, from the black economic and political elite to the plight of displaced refugees.

Arts Education

2003-1999 Market Photo Workshop, Newtown, Johannesburg
1998-1995 Johannesburg Technical College, Johannesburg
1994 Musi High School, Soweto, Johannesburg

Work experience

2009 EQUAL treatment magazine for TAC. Kitso newspaper. Love Life magazine. African Photographers of the Future. Multi-Choice Calendar
2006 Photojournalist, Mail & Guardian
2005 Internship, Mail & Guardian
2004 Instructor and Project Coordinator, Drill Hall, Johannesburg. Schools Pilot Programme, Photography instructor and Project Manager, Johannesbrg. Hillbrow Community

Outreach Project, Hillbrow, Johannesburg. Living Together Project, Photography instructor and Project Manager, Johannesburg
2003 Kliptown Community Outreach Project, Photography instructor and Project Manager, Johannesburg. Chiawelo Community Outreach Project, Head Instructor: photography,

Soweto, Johannesburg
2002 Photography assistant to Sally Shorkend.BRAINSTORM Magazine. Photography assistant to Marie Ange Bordas, ‘Displacement’ project and exhibition. Isivivane Solwazi

Project, assistant instructor, Johannesburg
2001-02 Editorial Assistant in the making of the SHARP book
2001 Photography assistant to John Fleetwood for advertising Discovery Health, Lexmark and Gauloises.Sowetan Newspaper and Sunday Times

Exhibitions (solo)

2004 Kliptown, PhotoZA Gallery, Rosebank, Johannesburg. Playtime Festival, Kliptown Community Centre and Market Theatre Gallery, Johannesburg

Exhibitions (group)

2010 Bonani Africa, Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town. Gwanza Festival in Zimbabwe.2008/9: In Transit, Market Photo Workshop Gallery and Gouthe Institute
2008 Soccerex, Sandton Convention Centre
2005 Rencontres de la photographie Africaine, Mali, Bamako
2004 Urban Life, Johannesburg Art Gallery. Kliptown Today, Kliptown Community Centre, Johannesburg. The 19th ABSA L’Atelider Art Competition, ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg
2003 Playtime, Mary Fitzgerald Square, Newtown, Johannesburg
2002 Young Portfolio Acquisition, Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Japan
SHARP book launch, Cape Town Tourism offices, NSA Gallery, Durban and Market Theatre Gallery, Johannesburg.
2001 MOVE, Market Photography Workshop, Johannesburg
2000 Seen, Spark! Gallery, Johannesburg


Kiyosato Museum of Photgraphic Arts, Japan


2010 Bonani Africa 2010: Festival of Photography Award
2003 Nominated, MultiChoice Calendar-African Photographers of the Future


Photojournalist, Mail & Guardian, Johannesburg

Unveiling the way to my father Mail & Guardian Friday, September 24-30 2010

Mail & Guardian Friday, September 3-9 2010

Kings of the Road: In the ranks with taxi marshals Mail & Guardian Friday,September – October 2009