Courtnay Robbins is documentary photographer based in Los Angeles.
She received her BFA in Photography and Media from the California Institute of the Arts. After eight years as a professional in the non-profit management and development sector, she decided to combine her passion for photography and helping others. In 2013, she helped film a documentary about the environmental dangers and economic effects of small-scale/artisanal gold mining in Indonesia, in partnership with Blacksmith Institute.
Courtnay has worked with the international NGO Emergency, documenting their medical programs in Sudan and Uganda. Additional NGO’s that Courtnay has photographed include the International Rescue Committee (Los Angeles), Box Girls (Nairobi), and Puspha Basnet’s Butterfly Home (Kathmandu). Courtnay’s photo essay about Kurdish refugees in Southern Turkey was a featured cover story in TEMA magazine. A documentary that she helped film, Resistance is Life, is currently touring international film festivals.
In April 2017, Courtnay was invited by Thupten Rinpoche to photograph the Dalai Lama’s visit and consecration ceremony at Thupsung Dargyeling monastery in Arunchal Pradesh, India.
Courtnay is a member of the Los Angeles Women’s Photography Alliance and her work was recently featured in Canon’s Emerging Women in Photography exhibition in Palm Springs, CA. She is passionate about issues related to refugee’s rights and volunteers with multiple local assistance organizations.