Photo of George Hallett

George Hallett

b. Cape Town, South Africa, 1942; d.  Cape Town, 2020.

Best known for his photographs documenting South African exiles, George Hallett has always been concerned with generating positive, affirming images of his human subjects.

Exhibitions (solo)

2010-1994 Elections and Mandela’s Vision, Parliament of Bremen; and touring, Germany. Impressions of Italy, Artscape, Cape Town. Portraits from Exile, Bonhams, London
2007 Portraits of African Writers, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa
2006 Portraits of African Writers, The Cape Town International Book Fair, Cape Town
2005 South African Exiles of the ’70’s and ’80’s in Europe, Spitz Gallery, London
2004 The Truth and Reconciliation Commission Exhibition, Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry, UK
2001 Dance for All, The Aschegach Gallery, Amsterdam
2000 Dance for All, Maidenhead Cultural Centre, UK
1999 The Face of Bo-Kaap, Bo-Kaap Museum, Cape Town. Metropolitan Life, Metropolitan Life Headquarters, Bellville, Cape Town
1995 Transformation, 1994 Elections, Irma Stern Museum, Cape Town
1989 Afrika Centrum, Cadier en Keer, Maastricht, The Netherlands
1988 Künstforum der Sozialdemokratie, Bonn,(Germany)
1985 University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, USA
1983 Howard University, Washington DC; Michigan State University, Lansing; Emory University, Georgia; Tuskeegee Institute, Georgia; Southern Illinois University, Carbondale; USA
1982 Women of Southern Africa, Conference Centre, Harare, Zimbabwe. McKinley Foundation, University of Illinois, USA
1980 Atelier Six, Ceret, France
1979 Portraits of African Writers, Frankfurter Büchmesse, Germany. Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
1975 Midi Libre Journal, Perpignan, France
1973 Susan Loppert Graphics, London. Central London Polytechnic. John Hansard Gallery, Southhampton University, England
1972 Anne Frank Huis, Amsterdam. (With Louis Maurice & Gerard Sekoto), Prësence Africaine, Salle de La Siem, Paris. University of Brussels
1971 Westekerk, Amsterdam
1970 The Artists’ Gallery, Cape Town

Exhibitions (group) including retrospective exhibitions of other artists featuring photographs by George Hallett

2010 Strengths and Convictions, Nobel Peace Centre, Oslo. 1910-2010: From Pierneef to Gugulective, Iziko South African National Gallery. Sudafrikanische Fotografie 1950-2010, Willy Brandt Huis, Berlin
2009 Strengths and Convictions, ISANG
2008 Then and Now, Eight South African Photographers, The Castle, Cape Town
2007 Then and Now, Eight South African Photographers, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa; Duke University, USA; Sweden; and Australia
2006 Dumile Feni Retrospective, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg; and Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town
2004 Raise your Voice, NIZA, Amsterdam (edited by George Hallett)
2000 Rhyzomes of Memory (with David Goldblatt and Santu Mofokeng), Henie Onstad Cultural Centre, Oslo
1999 Recontres de la Photographie Africaine de Bamako, Mali. Black Perspectives, Sanlam Gallery, Bellville, Cape Town
1999 Lines of Sight: Perspectives on South African Photography, ISANG
1999 Eye Africa Expo, The Castle, Cape Town. One City Many Cultures, South African Museum, Cape Town; and Sanlam Gallery
1998 Portraits of District Six Survivors from District Six, Netherlands
1997 District Six Revisited (with Jackie Heynes, C. Coulson, Wilfred Paulse), District Six Museum, Cape Town
1997 (With Jan Saudek), Museo Ken Damy, Brescia, Italy. La Cultura Diversità (with Oliviero Toscani), Piazza Maggiore, Bologne, Italy
1995 World Press Photo Expo, 40 countries in 70 cities
1986 Allemaal Amsterdammers, Stadhuis, Amsterdam
1984 14 Black Photographers, Schomburg Centre for Research in Black Culture, New York. Black Photography from South Africa to South Carolina, Castillo Gallery, New York.
(With Gavin Jantjes) Stadhuis, Leiden, Netherlands
1982 Culture and Resistance Festival, The National Museum of Botswana
1977 (With Gavin Jantjes), Provinciehuis, Gronninggen, The Netherlands
1976 (With Gavin Jantjes), Sonja Henie Kunstzentrum, Oslo; University of Lund and Gothenburg Museum, Sweden
1973 Serpentine Gallery, London
1969 New Photography, University of Cape Town


1998 Morokaners uit Amsterdam, 20 minute information video directed by George Hallett for the Ministerie van Volkswelzijn en Kultuur
1974 District Six Documentary for ITV (provided stills and consultant on production with writer Alex La Guma, London)


Anne Frank Foundation; Amsterdam
Documenta; Germany
Sonja Henie-Nils Onstad Collection; Oslo, Norway
Birmingham Central Library; UK
Schomburg Centre for Research in Black Culture; New York
Public Library; USA
Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town
Bo-Kaap Museum, Cape Town
District Six Museum, Cape Town
Rhodes University, Grahamstown
Mayibuye Centre, University of the Western Cape
Sached Educational Trust, Mowbray
Red Cross Childrens Hospital, Cape Town
Metropolitan Life Insurance
Ben Susan Museum of Photography
the Market Theatre Complex, Johannesburg
The Open Learning Systems Education Trust, Johannesburg; South Africa

Publications - (as author/photographer, photo editor and/or consultant)

2010 Rashid Lombard Jazz Rocks (as editor and designer).2008: Mike Mzileni All that Jazz (as photo editor, with Steven Macbeth)2007-2008 Sawubona [in-flight magazine for SAA] (as photographic consultant)
2007 District Six Revisited, Wits University Press (editor and contributing photographer, along with Clarence Coulson, Wilfred Paulse, Jackie Heynes, and graphics by Gavin Jantjes)
2006 Portraits of African Writers, Wits University Press, Johannesburg
2006 Women by Women, Wits University Press (project director and editor with Neo Ntsoma and Robin Cromley). Y2Y Youth to Youth, 30 Years after Soweto, Wits University Press (project director and editor)
2004 Moving in Time, KMM Publishers (as project director and editor)
1995 Rashid Lombard (ed.), Images of Change, Nolwazi Educational Publishers (photos by George Hallett)
1979 Images, BLAC Publishing House, Athlone, Cape Town

Publications - (photographs featured in publications)

2009 Gavin Jantjes (ed.) Strengths and Convictions.2008: Christine Eyene, “The Human Face of History”, Art South Africa vol 6 no 3. James Currey Africa Writes Back,Wits University Press
2007 Paul Weinberg (ed.), Then and Now, Eight South African Photographers, The Highveld Press. Ryland Fisher Race, Jacana Publishers
2006 Prince Mbusi Dube (ed.), Dumile Feni Retrospective, Wits University Press
2005 “Jazz Exiles Re-Initiation Concert”, Classic Feel
2003 Paul Faber, Group Portrait South Africa, Kwela Books & KIT Publishers
2001 Zenzile Khoisan,Jakaranda Time, Garib Communications. George Makana Clark, “The Raw Man”, Transition, Duke University Press. Keith Adams (ed.), We came for Mandela, the Cultural Life of the Refugee Community in Cape Town, Footprints Publishers
2000 Hein Willemse (ed.), More than Brothers:Peter Clarke & James Matthews at 70, Kwela Books. [Photo essay on Livingstone High School], Leadership, Hugh Murray
1998 Antjie Krog, Country of My Skull, Random House (book cover)
1996 [Calendar],Spoornet
1995 World Press Photo Thames & Hudson
1991 South African Short Stories, Readers Digest.South Africa’s New World “, Leadership
1990 [Photographic Essay on South African Exile Artists], Leadership, vol 9
1988 [Calendar], Holland Committee on South Africa
1973 Cosmo Pieterse Present Lives Future Becoming, Hickey Press. include names of photographs
1970s-1980s Heineman’s African Writers Series book covers
1970s Staffrider, Johannesburg
1970 [Photographic essay, District Six] Contrast, Cape and Transvaal Printers
1968 [Photographic essay, jazz images], Contrast vol 5


1999 Cape Times, One City Many Cultures. Winner: Picture story category.1996: Jury of World Press Photo, Amsterdam
1995 World Press Photo. 3rd Prize Golden Eye Award
1980 Hasselblad Camera, Sweden. Award for Outstanding Contributions to Photography


Numerous commissions including: Nobel Foundation; Norway. Terres des Hommes; Switzerland.Cameroon Airlines;Sentinelle Press; Paris. Künstlerhaus Bethanien; Documenta 12; Germany.The Department of Arts & Culture; Parliament of South Africa; The Truth and Reconciliation Commission; African National Congress; Oasis Asset Management; Metropolitan Life Insurance; PetroSA; Spoornet; Random House; Jacana Publishers;Leadership; ESP Africa; OLSET Education Trust; Artscape Theatre; Red Cross Children’s Hospital; Bush Radio; Shatima Bea Benjamin; District Six Museum; South Africa.

Teaching (Courses and lectures

2008 Voicings programme theme democracy, St Cloud State University state of minnesota.2002-2007: Cape Peninsula University of Technology (as moderator and teacher).
2001 Oslo Foto Kunst Skole, Norway (lectured for 2 weeks)
2000 Private lessons and mentorship programmes, Cape Town
1998-1999 Workshops, Institute for the Advancement of Journalism, Johannesburg.
1998 - 1999 School for International Training, University of Cape Town
1998 - 1999 Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum, Cape Town
1993 School of Photography, Cape Town
1987 St Martins School of Art, London
1985 Centre for Foreigners, Amsterdam
1982 University of Illinois, Michigan State University, Emory University, Tuskeegee Institute, Howard University, USA
1981-1982 ZIMCO, Harare
1972-1973 Central London Polytechnic