George Mahashe was born in Bolobedu at Ga-kgapane in1982. He first practiced photography as an assistant to the local roaming photographer. In 2004 he graduated with a B-tech in commercial photography, going on to work as a fashion photographer. He has also worked as an artist and lecturer in photography, alongside taking commissions for documentary, advertising and editorial photography assignments. Over the last 10 years, he has exhibited in a variety of group and solo exhibitions locally and internationally.
His first solo exhibition titled “Gae Lebowa” opened in 2010 at the Johannesburg Art Gallery. In the same year he went on to study South African ethnography and Approaches to culture at Witswatersrand University, consolidating his interests in anthropology and photography.
In 2012 Mahashe was awarded a Master of Arts degree in Fine Art for his interactive photographic installation, Dithugula tša Malefokana: Seeing other people’s stories, telling tall tales, which explores the photographic medium’s materiality.
In 2013 he was nominated for the Foam Paul Huf award, in the same period he received the IFA Artist Contac award to peruse his photography interests in Berlin, Germany. Currently Mahashe is a PhD Fine Art candidate at University of Cape Town. He is also the head photographer for Visual Uprising Communication, a photography Practice company he started in 2005.