John Robinson Intercedes Through People Interaction, Photography & Writing
John Robinson is a Human Being who Intercedes Through Listening, Photography and Writing. Who Communicates Through Perceptions of a Situation. Born in Ndola on the Zambian Copperbelt and spends his working life in and around Africa, John is a photographer who just focuses on those people around him, and as in the words of Robert Sobukwe being African is a state of mind.
He learned his photographic craft at the Market Theatre Photography Workshop in Johannesburg, South Africa from 1992 to 1994 and got his first freelance shift at The Star newspaper also in Johannesburg. John is not a war photographer and if asked he will say “I would rather photograph the woman trying to grow her tomatoes alongside the battlefield.”
John’s first exhibition was eight photographs as part of My Area in 1995 at the Johannesburg Biennale showing aspects of a local Johannesburg life, his subject was Louis a boy living with muscular atrophy. He has published picture stories in The Star, Sunday Star, for AP, EPA and the BBC. Life Among the Dead was a part of the Singapore International Photography Festival in 2008 and South Beach, a series of black & white portraits showed at ArtSpace Durban, South Africa in 2015.
He is currently working on a series of pictures conveying South African spaces. Alongside his photography, he does SEO and transcription writing for clients.
While working in French and Lingala speaking Kinshasa and French and Swahili speaking Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of Congo John Robinson realised that the doors to peoples lives are opened if the photographer just has a handle on the cultural ways of those he is photographing.
He works with publications, civil society and private clients when any aspect of Africa is involved.
John Robinson lives out a simple lifestyle in South Africa where he is based as a photographer and writer. He is also a deeply spiritual person and a hardcore commuting cyclist.