Operating within South Africa’s exciting and ever-growing pool of photographers, Cedric Nzaka is one of the bright young talents documenting the local fashion scene and the personalities who’re shaping it better – and more consistently – than most.
His tendency towards social documentation was instilled by his mother, who loved photographing family events. But it was in 2011 that his interest in photography really took hold and started to take shape, when Cedric and a close friend decided to venture into fashion. “We bought a Canon PowerShot and while it didn’t have that much in terms of megapixels, at the time I didn’t really care,” he says. Seven years (and a gear upgrade or two) later, the buzz of being a photographer still hasn’t worn off. “With just a camera and a laptop, I’ve created a career for myself. What’s more, I have the power to choose when and with whom to work with.”
The act of taking photographs is a very instinctive one for Cedric, who describes his process in terms of immediacy and being attentive in the moment. His images concentrate on Johannesburg, drawing attention to the city’s fresh faces and they looks they sport on the streets. “The fashion industry in Jo’burg is constantly growing – especially on the design front. The trends I’ve seen emerge are centered on the question of identity, where most people communicate and express themselves through what they wear. This is why I’m so interested in documenting street style in South Africa,” he explains.
For the past year Cedric has been collating these efforts towards his first printed publication – follow him on Twitter and Instagram to make sure you catch the release date. In the meantime, lend your eyes to a few of our favourites by him right here.