The Deeply Personal & Profound work of Gary Van Wyk

About the company

How would you describe your photographic style?

Documentary style and portrait photographer.

What pushed you to start shooting?

I was 17 years old when I left South Africa for the first time in 1999. When I arrived in London I saved up to buy a Pentax point and shoot camera. When I got my first roll of film processed and saw the prints I immediately knew that I wanted to become a photographer. It was this strange feeling that came over me.

Documentary work

How do you stay motivated?

I enjoy taking photographs so much that even when I’m not feeling motivated I can’t stop
making pictures.


Who is your inspiration when it comes to photography?

Many photographers inspire me, but to name a few – Garry Winogrand, William Eggleston, Larry
Towell, Josef Koudelka, Mark Cohen – I can go on forever…

Where is your favorite place to shoot?

Wherever there are people. I love the streets, my home, friends homes..
Do you shoot on other formats (eg film and wetplate large format)?
I started shooting film back then in ‘99 of course and still do. I have many different 35mm and
medium format cameras. And digital is great, it keeps me shooting when I can’t afford to shoot

What is your go to camera?

Rolleiflex for my portraits and my Leica M6 for everyday life..

What kind of photos do you hope to capture/ what kind of photography do you want to be known

I hope to capture photographs that are personal to my experience in this lifetime. The world as I
see it today. I want to be remembered for making authentic pictures, especially in this day and
age we are in right now.


Do you have any future projects you’re potentially working on?


I have an ongoing project I’m working on with a tribe from the Amazon Rainforest called the
Huni Kuin (The real people). Also, a book about my family, about becoming a parent. My partner
Caron will be the main character of the book.

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