Alon Skuy, a photojournalist born in Johannesburg, began work as a photographer for The Star, Saturday Star and the Sunday Independent, and later moved on to be chief photographer of The Times and Sunday Times. His work focuses on issues relating to inequality, resilience and conflict, 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.
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 2020, entitled (BR)OTHER.