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Dean Elliott

Photography

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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.

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