Akila Berjaoui

"The ocean is where I go to sleep, camp, sail, have fun, people watch, laugh, sing, dance, make love, document, and most importantly where I go to escape the concrete jungle. This is why the ocean is so important to me."

Akila Berjaoui’s incredibly sensual photographs often feature sand, sun, water or a combination of all three. This highly sought-after fashion photographer, armed with her favourite analogue cameras, takes us to breathtaking seaside locations, from her hometown of Sydney, Australia, to the bathing hotspots of Italy, France, and Spain, to name just a few. Much in the tradition of Slim Aarons, Bruce Weber, Peter Beard & Claude Nori all of whom she regards as influences on her work. Berjaoui’s photos harken back to the 1950s, ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s with their soft colours and sultry joie de vivre.

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Portrait by Stefan Elfferich