Josh Ponte

Josh Ponte

Creative Director

In 2001, Josh Ponte swapped a successful corporate career in the UK for a rainforest in Gabon. Whilst living amongst sixteen gorillas, a handful of scientists had helped the government create a network of national parks protecting more than eleven percent of the country. Josh turned his focus to support their efforts by creating a media unit to disseminate information both locally and internationally. He has spent nearly two decades creating work relating to Gabon and its people, specialising in conservation and communities.

In 2004, a visit to the communities living adjacent to the parks turned into a cultural odyssey. Josh and his team recorded and filmed more than 150 hours of ceremonies, interviews and music that became an award-winning documentary and the basis of one of the most important collections of national cultural artefacts. The project’s significance was recognised when Ponte was nominated to the National Geographic roster of explorers. In 2009, he was named special advisor to the new President of the Republic and the First Lady and curated the exhibition celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Independence. In 2012/13 Josh traveled to every corner of the country with 6 world renowned photographers to document the diversity of Gabon. The collection has been included in the most prestigious exhibitions and prizes of contemporary photography.