NEO NTSOMA is an award-winning photographer from South Africa with 15 years of experience under her belt. Before she started her own photographic company, she worked for one of the biggest newspapers in South Africa, The Star. Her images have won recognition from CNN and National Geographic; appeared in Forbes Africa, London Telegraph, Time Magazine, and Washington Post, among others; and exhibited in Holland, Norway, Italy, France, India, Bangladesh, the U.S. and more. Ntsoma was featured as one of six photographers in the Al Jazeera Artscape series The New African Photography and in 2006, she was mentioned in Media24, as one of the 100 most influential women, alongside Oprah Winfrey, Sheila Johnson and Indra Nooyi. Furthermore she has co-edited the book, Women by Women, which is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1956 Women’s March. The largest demonstrations staged in South African history, 20 000 women of all races marched against the pass laws.
Ntsoma is recognised as one of the leading lights among the new breed of photographers in South Africa. Fully cognizant of her status as a role model for young people, she lectures frequently, both within and outside South Africa. She is a regular speaker at Johannesburg’s Market Photo Workshop. She has been a guest tutor at the New York International Centre for Photography (ICP), Stanford University in San Francisco as well as Pathshala, the South Asian Institute of Photography in Bangladesh where she taught for a year. She has served as judge on numerous photographic competitions, including the Fuji Film Press Awards. She is also a member of the National Adjudicating Committee for the SADC Media Awards as well as the National Arts Festival/BASA Arts Journalism Awards.
“For me photography has been a way to see my world in different ways. It allows me to focus on detail and contrast. I’ve always been inspired by paintings and that’s the reason why aesthetic element in a photograph captures my attention and also a very important element in my own work. I like to try new things, to deepen the way I see, hence I don’t believe in having only one style. There is always something new to learn and plenty of room to grow creatively. I believe in having a vision, and that vision can manifest itself in many different ways. With photography, I feel like I can create art out of anything.”