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Alon Skuy

a photojournalist born in Johannesburg, is the chief photographer of the Sunday Times and The Times in South Africa, focusing on issues relating to inequality, resilience and life on the fringes of society

Skuy’s career has been defined by his depth and range as a news and documentary photographer, notably, his coverage of the 2012 Marikana Massacre, said to be the most lethal use of force by South African security forces against civilians since 1976.

After completing a course at The Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg, Skuy worked as a freelance photographer for The Star, The Saturday Star and the Sunday Independent. Thereafter, he was employed as a full-time photographer for The Star in 2006, and later moved on to The Times. 

Skuy is the recipient of numerous local and international awards, including a World Press Photo Award, and multiple awards from the Picture of the Year International (POYI). He won first place in the News category of the POYI awards in 2015 for his work on the unrest at the Marikana mine in South Africa and then in 2016 and 2017 he achieved third and second place, respectively, in POYI’s Newspaper Photographer of the Year category. In 2020, Skuy was awarded Photographer of the Year, Local in POYI.

Skuy was awarded the Ruth First Fellowship Award for Photojournalism at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2008 for his photographic essay, ‘Living Inside A Bridge’.  

For more than a decade, Skuy has documented xenophobia in South Africa, and together with colleague James Oatway, will publish a book on the subject in 2021, entitled (BR)OTHER