Jerri Nagel


Jerri Nagel is currently based in Cape Town, South Africa.

Nagel enjoys photographing Fashion, Editorial, and Portraits, but is forever wanting to explore the other genres of photography.

Her all-time favourite fashion photographers are Helmut Newton and Richard Avedon. “They inspire me to always think out the box of creativity and chains for each shoot I do.”  

She enjoys creating stories out of each shoot she undertakes, as each of them holds their own unique one. She takes pride in her natural disposition to continuously produce work that reflects her capability. She aims to capture something that has never been captured before. ”

“Each person has their own unique look, and so they should each be captured in their own way.”

The famous quote by Richard Avedon – “Start with a style and you are in chains. Start with an idea and you are free” particularly resonates with Nagel, as she loves fashion photography because of its’ ever-changing nature, which means so is the accompanying style and ideas.

“It is like music, and art. Never constant. Always growing. That is what amazes me, and I want to capture that change and growth. It allows me to be as creative as I want, allowing me to bring all my ideas to life.” – Jerri Nagel.

View their photographs produced during this year, along with their year-end interview below:



When you started the programme what genre of photography were you interested in and has it shifted over the course of the year?

I was interested in Documentary photography, and it has now shifted to fashion, editorial, and portrait photography.

Analogue (film) or Digital photography and why?

Both. I tend to take my film camera with me everywhere. I use my digital as my main camera. Mainly because you can instantly see the images. Allowing me to start my editing process when I get home. The film shots I take tend to be of anything I see that I think can be a nice photo.

What subject matter do you find yourself drawn to?

I love taking pictures of people, and I really enjoy Fashion. So I find myself drawn to any style of fashion shoots.

Pick three words/phrases that describe your approach to the medium?

Open to any creative idea. Open to always trying new things. Dedicated to growing.

Why did you choose to study photography?

I grew up around photography because of my gramps. About 3 years ago I went out with my gramps and I tried out his camera for the first time. I enjoyed it so much I knew that was what I wanted to do.

What has been the most noteworthy shoot/project you have done this year?

The most noteworthy shoot I have done this year would be the fashion shoot I did on Signal Hill with my friend Karla. My featured image is from that shoot.

What has been your biggest misconception about photography as a practice?

I would say Helmut Newton. His fashion photography influences me for most of my shoots. To think creative and out of the box, and not do something you would expect in a fashion shoot.

What has been your biggest misconception about photography as a practice?

I did not expect the amount of work and creativity that is needed.

What is the most valuable thing you have learned from the course?

To not over-plan. Go into your shoots with an open mind of being creative. Also that you should not rely on a set plan. Things can change last minute, and having the skill to adapt to the last-minute change was the most important thing I learned.

How has photography shifted the way that you navigate the world?

The way that I look at things has changed. Everything around me I see as an image that can be captured.