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Dean Elliott


Durban, South Africa
Dean Elliott started producing work for commercial clients while completing a degree in Fine Arts, majoring in photography. In 2004 he joined a professional studio based in Durban where he spent 5 years building his knowledge, working with world class equipment such as Sinar medium format digital cameras and Broncolor lighting systems. 2009 Presented Dean Elliott with the opportunity to join a larger studio which allowed him to combine his skill set with that of his colleagues and learn to work as part of a team. During this time Dean spent two years lecturing for renowned design institution, "Vega - school of brand leadership" in which he taught the advanced digital photography course. In 2012 Dean became independent and presently continues to expand his client list. Dean Elliott specializes in photographing jewellery, product, fashion and Advertising.


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 look inside and re-live the emotion. All images are a distortion in some way, a rendition of the mind's eye and personal individuality. This is why I love photography.

Dean Elliott

Work Experience

Dean Elliott Photography

Owner, Photographer

Durban, South Africa



I lecture 1st and 2nd year photography students in subject from basic darkroom to advanced digital photoshop techniques.
Durban, South Africa

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.
November 2010 - February 2012 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


Senior Photographer/Manager

I was designated as Senior Photographer and studio manager for a leading product photography studio in Durban for 6 years.
Durban, South Africa


Durban Institute Of Technology

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.
January 1999 - December 2002 Durban, South Africa


Adobe Lightroom, Jewelry, 35mm Photography, Advanced Photoshop, Advertising, Beauty, Commercial, Fashion, Image Manipulation, Medium Format Photography, Photoshop, Product, Retouching, Sinar,


Cover 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.


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.