About the photographer

Multi-faceted Shayne Robinson is a son of the diverse culture of the Rainbow Nation, a photographer, videographer and a journalist who is inspired by the elaborate forms of life that surround him on a daily basis. His collection of work greatly reflects the passion he feels for Africa and the betterment thereof.

A young girl practices at the barre in her ballet class, which is held at the East Bank community hall in Alexandra Township just outside of Johannesburg in South Africa. Picture: Shayne Robinson

Over more than 15 years, Shayne has worked in over 34 countries around the world covering everything from civil wars and natural disasters to corporate and sporting events.Shayne has always had a close link to the subjects that he photographs often finding himself conflicted and wanting to do more to help them.

In 2005 a project about a ballet school in Alexandra township that he spent a year working on, earned him a 1st prize, Arts, and Entertainment in the prestigious World Press Photo competition. As a result of this recognition, he was able to raise a substantial amount of funds to help support the school.

Self Portrait shot at The Star offices on Sunday 26 July 2009.
Picture: Shayne Robinson


Shayne’s work has been published in all of the local and most international newspapers and magazines, including The Star, Mail & Guardian, The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, Sunday Times (UK), National Geographic and Russian Vogue.

Shayne has also been the recipient of the Fujifilm Press Photographer of the year award, CNN African Journalist award and the Mondi Awards. Some of Shayne’s clients include Greenpeace, Section 27, IFAW, The Treatment Action Campaign and Save South Africa.

Shayne loves nothing more than immersing himself in the stories that he is working on and brings this passion to every single job he works on, no matter how big or small it may be. To see some of his archival work please use the links in the menu above, you will also find a link to his current personal projects.