John Robinson takes a special interest in exploring the issues and icons of death and culture in Pietermaritzburg, the capital of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. The city is riddled with an increasing problem of pandemic Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) where death is imminent.
His photographs capture the essence of death as a communal experience by the living and the dead. In doing so, he evokes a sense of culture of ‘living among the dead’ represented by funerals and grave visiting, which has quickly become a permanent weekly fixture in the city for the living. Finally, he also strives to elicit the idea of continuum in the cyclical nature of life and death.

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About the Artist
John Robinson has been a photojournalist based in South Africa. An avid advocate of photographic education, he contributes to News University, a website for aspiring journalists and is affiliated to South Photographs, an organisation, which consists of a unique constellation of South African photographers. Robinson is also presently represented by ZUMA press, an independent photography agency.