Robin Bernstein (born 1990) is a South African Photographer who deals with socio-spatial issues centred around land, history, industry and globalisation — both within his home country and further afield. His work is made in the context of collaborative interactions with his photographic subjects, and in turn the relationship that together —  they share with their environment. It is through this simple engagement with the duality between people and place that Robin seeks to situate his practice. Questions surrounding authorship and fractured authenticity are continually bought to the surface in his work. 

In 2013, Robin attained a degree in photography at the Stellenbosch Academy and following that, a Bachelors in History of Art at the University of Cape Town. 

Robin’s work has been acknowledged by various global organisations such as Aperture Foundation (USA), LensCulture (NED), PH Museum (ITA), The Contemporary African Photography Award and the Taylor Wessing Prize (UK). 

Robin is based between London, UK and Cape Town, South Africa.

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2024 Aperture Portfolio Prize 2024 Longlist (Top 25) Nomination (USA)  

2023 Shortlisted for the  2023 Taylor Wessing Prize (UK)

2023 Shortlisted for the 2023 Contemporary African Photography (CAP) Prize 

2022 Published on the It’s Nice That online platform (UK)

2021 Published in Something Special Studios annual Photobook - Summer Of Something Special Vol. 3  (USA)

2021 Published in Antics Publications - Journal of Grievances, Collected Tales Photobook. Vol. 4 (COL/USA)

2021 Shortlisted for Palm* Photo Prize 2021 (UK)

2021 Special Mention in PH MUSEUM 2021 Grant Program (ITA)

2021 Published on the Anywhereblvd Artist Interview platform (USA) 

2021 Published on the C41 Magazine online platform as a Selected by C41 Artist (ITA) 

2021 Published on the Nowhere Diary online platform as a featured artist (DNK) 

2021 Published on the Der Greif online platform as a featured artist (GER) 

2021 Guest blogger on the Der Greif online platform (GER) 

2020 Published in print in Der Greif - Issue 13: Surplus Management (GER) 

2020 Published on the Chrono Collective online platform (UK)

2020 Published on the Booooooom online platform (CAN)

2020 Published on the Manju Journal online platform (GHA)

2020 Shortlisted for Palm* Photo Prize 2020 (UK)

2019 Published in print in Oath Magazine - Vol.1 (RSA)

2019 Published in print in Best of LensCulture - Vol. 3 (NED)

2018 Published on the Nataal online platform (UK)

2018 Published on the Aint-Bad online platform (USA)

2018 Published in print in Aint-Bad - Issue 13 (USA)

2018 LensCulture Portrait Awards Finalist (NED)


2022 Into The Blaze, The Fourth Gallery, Cape Town 

2021 PH Museum Days Festival, Bologna

2021 Palm* Photo Exhibition, East Photographic Gallery, London 

2020 Palm* Photo Exhibition, London 

2019 Unforeseen Landscapes, PH Centre, Cape Town

2018 Photo London, LensCulture Exhibition, Somerset House, London

2015 Passing Through, Space Between Gallery, Cape Town

2015 That Art Fair, Cape Town

2014 New Thoughts After Time, Cape Town Month of Photography, Cape Town

2013 Stellenbosch Academy GradEx, Stellenbosch

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