George Mahashe, was born in Ga-Kgapane in Limpopo in 1982 and started photography by being an assistant to the local roaming photographer. In grade 8 he got a camera of his own and the rest as they say is history. His interest with the professional photography developed when he became addicted to a men’s magazine called Direction (which then developed into FHM) and the love for exotic looking women.
Today his photography is more concerned with society particularly in the cultural social war between western and African concerns. During the period of 2001 to 2004 he worked as an assistant to a magazine photographer. In 2004 while busy with his final year he was awarded a departmental bursary (the first for the department) and given a junior lecturing post assisting the head lecture, this included my own lecturing class a week. In 2005 he joined Glamour Mechanics as a freelancer, propelling himself into mainstream magazine photography, during this period he joined the Alf Khumalo Museum as a second level tutor for the photography school attached to the Museum.
Along with working at Red Hot Ops as a freelance photographer, George runs Visual Uprising. A company founded to fund the research and execution of small photographic projects aimed at recognizing and developing photographic interest in South Africa. His latest project is Gae Lebowa and it looks at life in the north, from a cultural documents perspective; a tribute to a great sociocultural economy that put the black man in a better place.