The Swank Group is an energized collection of artists documenting Africa's freshest talents and the vibrant scenes they thrive in.
Clients include: Puma, Adidas, William Kentridge's 'The Centre for the Less Good Idea', Mumford & Sons, BadBadNotGood, Major Lazer, Boiler Room, OkayAfrica, Okayplayer, Little Simz, MTV, and Red Bull Music Academy.
Photographers and directors we've collaborated with include Zandile Tisani, Adriaan Louw, The Jack Fox, Imraan Christian, Lebogang Rasethaba, Spoek Mathambo, Kristin-Lee Moolman, Deon van Zyl, David East and Paul Ward.
Allison Swank - President
American Allison Swank graduated from The University of Cape Town with a Masters in African Studies that questioned the continent’s representation in Hollywood films like The Last King of Scotland and Blood Diamond. After writing for Africa is a Country and working in post production at CBS, she became the founding content manager at Okayafrica, launched by The Roots’ Questlove. Later, as the Head of Film at Okayafrica and its sister channel Okayplayer, she filmed with everyone from Erykah Badu to Elvis Costello to Flying Lotus, and produced the Fela Flex series in partnership with NOWNESS. Now based in Johannesburg, she makes documentaries, music videos and brand films with SA's most talented young directors.
Read more about Allison's story here.