In the world of fashion photography, there are artists, and then there are visionaries. Artu Nepomuceno undoubtedly falls into the latter category. Known primarily for his exquisite Vogue Philippines covers, he has carved a unique path through the fashion industry, leaving an indelible mark on both the runway and the world beyond.
His journey into the realm of fashion photography began like many others, but his talent quickly set him apart. His lens has graced the covers and pages of renowned publications, from Vogue and Esquire to L’Officiel and Tatler. His ability to capture the very soul of fashion has earned him praise from the likes of Tyra Banks, a testament to his unparalleled skill in the industry.
Yet, his portfolio extends far beyond the world of high fashion. In April 2023, he received global recognition for his touching portrait of 106-year-old tattoo artist Apo Whang-Od. This powerful cover image went viral and transcended fashion, appearing in news outlets worldwide. It’s a testament to Artu’s ability to go beyond aesthetics and connect with the human stories that lie beneath the surface.
His transition into advertising was a natural evolution, as he ventured into portrait photography and collaborated with Filipino creatives to tell authentic stories. His portfolio boasts collaborations with iconic brands such as Omega, Carolina Herrera, Charriol, Louis Vuitton, and Gucci. Yet, it’s his work with the New York-based non-profit organization Waves for Water (W4W) that truly showcases the heart behind his craft.
Artu’s lens has taken him on a humanitarian journey across the globe, from Mongolia to Honduras, Bhutan to Nepal, and countless provinces within the Philippines. Through accidental portraits and glimpses of daily life, he has woven narratives that highlight the mission of W4W, showing that photography can be a powerful tool for social change.
Beyond his stunning imagery, this visionary is also a dedicated mentor and educator. He has conducted workshops for prestigious organizations like the Obama Foundation and Skillshare, sharing his knowledge and passion with emerging photographers. Moreover, he offers yearly portfolio reviews, nurturing the next generation of visual storytellers.
Recently, he launched the enlightening “Light Notes” series, a window into the technical intricacies of his photoshoots. With lighting diagrams and behind-the-scenes anecdotes, he invites enthusiasts to delve deeper into the art of photography, demystifying the magic behind his mesmerising images.
In his works, we find not just a fashion photographer but a true artist and humanitarian. His ability to blend the worlds of style and substance is a testament to the power of visual storytelling. With each click of his camera, he invites us to see not just the beauty in fashion but the humanity in the world around us. In a world often defined by surface aesthetics, Artu Nepomuceno’s lens offers a profound and much-needed depth.
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