Oupa Nkosi

b. 1976, Johannesburg, South Africa; lives in Johannesburg.

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

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


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.
2004: School's Pilot Programme, Photography instructor and Project Manager, Johannesburg.
2004: Hillbrow Community Outreach Project, Hillbrow, Johannesburg.
2004: Living Together Project, Photography instructor and Project Manager, Johannesburg.
2003: Kliptown Community Outreach Project, Photography instructor and Project Manager, Johannesburg.
2003: Chiawelo Community Outreach Project, Head Instructor: photography, Soweto, Johannesburg.
2002: Photography assistant to Sally Shorkend.
2002: BRAINSTORM Magazine.
2002: Photography assistant to Marie Ange Bordas, ‘Displacement’ project and exhibition.
2002: Isivivane Solwazi Project, assistant instructor, Johannesburg.
2001 - 2002: 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

Solo Exhibitions (South Africa)

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

Group Exhibitions (South Africa)

2010: Bonani Africa, Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town.
2008 - 2009: In Transit, Market Photo Workshop Gallery and Goethe Institute, Johannesburg.
2008: Soccerex, Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg.
2004: Urban Life, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg.
2004: Kliptown Today, Kliptown Community Centre, Johannesburg.
2004: The 19th ABSA L’Atelider Art Competition, ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg.
2003: Playtime, Mary Fitzgerald Square, Newtown, Johannesburg.
2003: SHARP book launch, Cape Town Tourism offices, Cape Town; KwaZulu-Natal Society of Arts Gallery, Durban; Market Theatre Gallery, Johannesburg.
2001: MOVE, Market Photography Workshop, Johannesburg.
2000: Seen, Spark! Gallery, Johannesburg.

Group Exhibitions (International)

2010: Gwanza Photography Month, Harare, Zimbabwe.
2005: Rencontres de la photographie Africaine, Bamako, Mali.
2002: Young Portfolio Acquisition, Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Japan


Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Japan.


2010: Award, Bonani Africa 2010: Festival of Photography , Cape Town.
2003: Nomination, MultiChoice Calendar - African Photographers of the Future, South Africa.