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Dean Elliott

Photography

+27 827436579
I was born in Durban, South Africa. While completing a degree in Fine Arts Photography and lecturing part time at the Durban University of Technology, I serviced outside clients for commissioned work. Soon after my studies I acquired a position at a studio and became the Senior Photographer as well as Technical Advisor for Sinar South Africa, which has taken me to places like Cologne, Bangkok and around South Africa. From 2010 - 2012 I joined a larger studio that helped me broaden my scope further while still holding a position as a part time Photography Lecturer at Vega School of Brand Leadership. I have since become independent and continue to service my clients. 

I believe that one creates an image in order to satisfy a personal need to re-interpret an emotion stimulated by the visual sense that existed for a brief moment of time. A still image is only a trigger to this already lived experience, a container of sorts. We have a choice to open it and re-live the emotion. All images are distorted, a rendition of the minds eye. It is always intriguing how one relates to an image, and that is the part of photography that I enjoy. 
COVERS/PRESS/HIGHLIGHTS

I have shot covers for Pix magazine, issues: "Sept-Oct 2004", "Jan-Feb 2005", "July-Aug 2005", "Jan-Feb 2006", Saltwater girl, issue: "Oct 2009", also produced a few Photoshop tutorials and fashion editorials, Musician Dave McMillan, Album: "trying to find rewind" (2008) , "Sawubona" Magazine, (issue, November 2009, Editorial, "in Focus" 2008 Sony Profoto Awards, Page 107). "Creative Showcase", 2010, Film Guide to South africa Pg 23. "Liza Lou", American Idol - Works from 1995 - 2010, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris 2010 pg 11, 91. "Liza Lou", Exhibition catalogue.
AWARDS
2009
Sony profoto awards
Silver - Automotive
2009
Sony profoto awards
Bronze - industrial
2008
Sony profoto awards
Gold - Advertising
2008
Sony profoto awards
Bronze - Advertising, Music, Beauty / Fashion
EXPERIENCE
Durban, South Africa
 
Owner, Photographer
Durban, South Africa
 
Lecturing
I lecture 1st and 2nd year photography students in subject from basic darkroom to advanced digital photoshop techniques.
Durban, South Africa
Nov 2010Feb 2012
Pure Photographic Studios
Senior Photographer/Manager
Pure photographic studio has a host of Photographers and 2 Assistants in house. over 300sq meters of floor space. Based on Durban, South Africa.
Durban, South Africa
 
Sinar South Africa
Technical advisor
While working at Studiotwentyfour the responsibility of a second division to the company was to handle all Sinar photographic equipment that came into South Africa and required technical advice on set ups needed for a range of studios around South Africa.
Durban, South Africa
 
Studiotwentyfour
Senior Photographer/Manager
I was designated as Senior Photographer and studio manager for a leading product photography studio in Durban for 6 years.
EDUCATION
Durban, South Africa
Jan 1999Dec 2002
Bachelor of fine arts (BaFA)
I attended my first three years at Technikon-Natal before the institution became Durban university of technology. Soon afterwards it became Durban institute of technology for which it is now currently known.
I ALSO
Surf lots, Skate a bit, Photography in my blood, design on the brain, Philosophy, Dream (big), love a lot, laugh as much as possible, live life, observe till i fall asleep every night.
SKILLS
 
Photoshop, advertising, fashion, 35mm Photography, Retouching, Image Manipulation, Advanced Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, Product, Beauty, jewelry, commercial, Medium Format Photography, Sinar