Pieter de Ras is one of South Africa's leading professional photographers. He began his career in 1969 as a news photographer on two
of Johannesburg's largest daily newspapers, "Vaderland" and "The Star" but quickly found his niche in fashion photography, where his
flair for styling earned him an enviable reputation among local fashion editors. He established his own studio in 1976 and widened his
portfolio to include advertising and commercial photography. In the last few years Peter's focus has been on architectural interiors and
still life photography, for which he has won numerous local and international awards, including the coveted Clio in New York, and a Gold
Loerie for his work on the Apartheid Museum. He was also named South African Professional Photographer of the year in 1989
Pieter has traveled extensively for clients, most notably South African Airways, and has also been commissioned to produce several
travelogues for local (and international?) lifestyle magazines.
President of the Professional Photographers of Southern Africa (2006, 2007, 2008and 2009), Pieter also holds a fellowship with the
PPSA in Still Life Photography. He was also awarded his honorary Fellowship for his contribution to the PPSA.
His client list included:
SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS
SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS TECHNICAL
THE APARTHEID MUSEUM
SANDTON CONVENTION CENTRE
THE WESTCLIFFE HOTEL
THE SAXON HOTEL
THE BLUE TRAIN
DSGN (DESIGN STUDIOS)
In September 2007, Pieter had the honour of being invited to be one of the founding members of The World Photography Academy, an
initiative by SONY that aims to bring together the world's leading photographers, public gallerists, curators and major picture editors.
Pieter accepted an invitation to be one of the judges in the inaugural SONY World Photography Awards to be held at the prestigious
Palais des Festivals in Cannes. It took place over three days and is the largest award of its kind. He is a founder member of the WPA
(World Photographic Academy)
He has just completed the organization of the very successful 2008 and 2009 Sony Profoto Awards in Johannesburg.
Pieter has held one solo exhibition and undertakes local and international assignments.