Born in South Africa, Koto Bolofo was raised in Great Britain after his family was forced to flee as political refugees. Bolofo’s father, a history teacher, was found to have writings by Karl Marx among his teaching materials and was exiled for his supposed “communist practices”. After nearly 25 years away son and father returned to South Africa, which Koto documented in his short film The Land is White, The Seed is Black.
His film work has garnered several awards and featured at a variety of festivals, including the Berlin International Film Festival, the BBC British Short Film Festival, Amnesty International Film Festival, London Film Festival, Venice International Film Festival, Cambridge Film Festival and Cape Town International Film Festival.
Along with his short films, Koto Bolofo has shot for such prestigious publications as Vogue Italia, Vogue Nippon, L’Uomo Vogue, Russian Vogue, Italian Marieclaire, British GQ, Italian Vanity Fair, L’Officiel and many others. His advertising clients include Hermes, Banana Republic, Faconnable, Burberry, Levi’s, Alberta Ferretti, Dom Perignon, Keratese and Avon.
Bolofo has also published three books: Racing Style (Assouline, 2005); Sibusiso Mbhele and his Fish Helicopter (powerHouse Books, 2002) and Venus Williams> (Steidl, 2008).
He is currently based in Paris.