Hi, I’m Zoe. A photographer & art director based in Amsterdam. 

  • Zoe Akihary (Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 1998) a passionate visual thinker who blends storytelling, consumer research and her curiosity for always trying something new into creative concepts and strategic art direction.

  • Creative Team Partner to Noam Kaestner, an author and copywriter who writes about mental health + more. Noam and Zoe (N+Z) have been working together since the early days of college and combine their strengths to create culturally relevant concepts.

Hi, my name is Zoe. I am a creative with a background in fashion and currently working in the creative industry across brand, magazine and advertising content. I started picking back up my camera to create unintentional work as a creative outlet to focus on the little things around me.

I am a big daydreamer who loves to focus and observe the small details. I find beauty in the mundane of everyday and capture stories around me. Taking the time to reflect and allowing yourself to get bored, not be distracted and only focus on made-up stories is in my opinion where the most interesting ideas come from.

Next to photography, I work together with Noam Kaestner as a creative team. With a combined background in strategy, social media, research, production and creative we are an independent team who loves to take on challenges and find culturally relevant insights authentic to the target group to come up with engaging concepts. We are specialised in everything youth culture, fashion and mental health.

contact me at info@zoeakihary.com


2021 - now Art Director & Creative at Analogfolk (Nike, Tommy Hilfiger, Foot Locker)
2019 - 2021 Freelance Art Director & Creative across various creative agencies in Amsterdam, London and Berlin
2019 - Global Communications Intern at PVH, Tommy Hilfiger & Calvin Klein
2019 - Converse mentee/intern, brand design

Recognitions & Publications:
2023 - GUP Fresh Eyes Talent
2022 - Nike FlyEase OneShow Merrit Awards
2022 - Nike Mindsets Shorty Awards
2019 - Adidas RU-Girls D&AD (Design and Art Direction) Award

2023 - Haute Photografie Amsterdam group exhibition GUP
2023 - GU Fresh Eyes 6 page magazine spread 
2023 - ‘Weight of Dreams” for Contributor Magazine
2023 - ‘Lost from the Ocean” for Flanelle Magazine
2023 - Cover story + editorial in Mob Journal
2023 - ‘School’s Out’ PhotoVogue