My name is Nompumelelo Ncube or Nom, I am a photojournalist and public historian utterly obsessed with things concerning identity, culture and dress. I guess you can call me a documentarian. I love capturing stories that get us thinking about who we are, where we come from and why we are here. Travelling to the past is fundamental in understanding our present, so part of my practice is infusing history to reimagine a better future or humanise identities that have undergone subjugation. I live to create work that promotes a healthy self image, hence my love for portraiture and fashion photography.
My specialism is in representation because my work begins at home.
The intersectionalities in my identity have taught me the importance in continuing to diversify the lenses in which we view marginalised communities. My mission is to build bridges across the Black diaspora for us to exchange ideas on heritage, culture and Blackness.
I’m also an enthused photographer, get me behind a camera on a film set, interiors or simply photographing still life I’m sure I’ll capture the essence of the story you wish to tell.
Here are my accolades;
My career began in my first academic semester during my undergrad when one of my lecturers hired me to photograph content for her clients after my first assignment. This instilled a belief in my craft and I found myself attending London Fashion Week photographing attendees and being invited to fashion shows like Tokyo James and PRIVATE POLICY. Since then I have worked with international arts organisation, AFROPUNK, my work has been published by Shutterhub, I have guest lectured in photography, collaborated with an international artist, Sethembile Msezane, I was named ‘Ones to Watch’ by BBC radio Stoke, and I have exhibited in the same gallery as one of my favourite photographers, Wolfgang Tilman. I am a Royal Holloway University London Scholar, a proud member of Black Women Photographers and a Kwanzaa Collective UK Artist.
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