Phumzile Nkosi

What I had learned during the 5th edition of the Photo Incubator program is that most photographers and artists struggle to understand the business side of their practice. A big challenge is access to helpful information about professional knowledge and skills on the arts as a business.

My experience is that as photographers, we are not being clearly exposed to different ways of working in the business sector. Another challenge is that photographers do not like sharing ideas and collaborating.

The masterclasses we had during the program offered information about the industry that we would not otherwise had the opportunity to learn about.

Starting a business does not mean business only for one individual but it is also a way to help decrease the country’s high unemployment numbers. Business is not only about money. Connecting and sharing information or ideas helps to grow professional practice by understanding why businesses face particular challenges.

This program has helped me as a photographer to discover opportunities to publish my photographic work and develop a professional practice in this field.

I am grateful to all the facilitators who facilitated the masterclasses and the knowledge they shared with us. Thank you to Robyn Keet for mentoring us beyond what she was contracted to do in this program. Her business financial skills had helped me to see beyond my limitations.