William Ukoh

Photographer

Vogue’s next cover photographer.

William Ukoh grew up in Nigeria admiring his mom’s collection of traditional masks, sculptures, and Renaissance art prints. The Toronto-based photographer moved to the city when he was 17, and picked up his first DSLR after his sister took a digital media course at UofT (University of Toronto). Ukoh’s come a long way from his first Facebook album (predictably named Focus and Blur) to shooting for adidas and countless high fashion brands. His personal goal was to be the first black cover photographer for Vogue.

Collaboration with brand, a.au.

A still life.

Fashion shoot for Timabee.

Collaboration with adidas Canada.

Dedicated to his grandparents.

Okobo is Ukoh’s personal project dedicated to his grandparents and Nigerian heritage (Okobo is the government district that his grandfather lives in). The styling features a take on traditional heritage clothes. The series focuses on how we present ourselves to the outside world, even though life is full of highs and lows. Notice William’s expert use of drapery and symmetry. big props to his mom for the Renaissance inspiration as a kid.

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