Natalie Robertson was born and raised in Kawerau, Bay of Plenty. After graduating with a Bachelor of Social Sciences in 1986, she travelled to England to work as a photographic assistant and freelance photographer. In 1997, she completed a Master of Fine Arts (First Class Honours) at the University of Auckland.
Robertson uses photography and moving image to explore Māori knowledge practices, and to advocate for ecologies and cultural landscapes. Through archival research and oral histories, her works reconnect narratives to their geographical marker. These works and the narratives that inform them acknowledge the land as a repository of ancestral memory.