Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Robin Bernstein is a photographer, documentarian, and surfer. At the age of 23, Robin completed a BA degree majoring in Photography at the Stellenbosch Academy of Design and Photography in 2013, followed by a postgraduate degree in Art Historical Studies at the University of Cape Town. In 2014, he and a group fellow entrepreneurs started Cape Collective Assist (CCA), a crew collective which services the international production industry in Southern Africa and aims to aid career development of local young creatives (www.capecollectiveassist.com). Robin currently lives in Cape Town and works as a professional lighting assistant and digital operator to fund personal art/documentary projects. A traditional photography enthusiast, Robin works exclusively with film on all personal work and has a particular interest in urban socioeconomic issues and globalization.
This is a selection of images from an ongoing series exploring the space between boyhood and young adulthood in various contexts around South Africa. The intersection between youth and manhood expressed among a diverse range of people has always been a topic my photography naturally gravitates towards. This is a broad project which I intend to continue pursuing and interrogating as I grow and change in my own identity and in my art. The images presented here were taken over the past few years, in locations all over South Africa.
To view more of Robin Bernstein’s work please visit his website.