Johan van der Merwe
Growing up between Cape Town, South Africa and the United Kingdom, Johan gained a unique perspective that has led to his style of naturalistic, moody lighting with dynamic camera movement. After diverging from his masters in economics, he decided to follow his passion of working as a Cinematographer. After gaining experience at large production companies in Europe, he has pursued his passion, delving into the world of commercial cinematography. Currently residing in Vienna, Austria.
“As a Director of Photography, you have the ability to shape the visual language of a project and convey emotion through lighting, composition, and camera movement. Johan's appreciation for grain and lens flares suggests a preference for a more organic and naturalistic approach to image-making, which is a powerful tool that attributes to his storytelling.”
Selected Clients: BMW / ÖBB / REWE Group / ERSTE BANK / AUDI / AVL