George Hallett was born in Cape Town in 1942. He photographed District Six in Cape Town before its destruction under apartheid. In 1970, he left South Africa for Europe where he remained for two decades photographing South African artists in exile.
Hallett returned to South Africa shortly after the release of Nelson Mandela. In 1994, he photographed the first democratic elections and was later commissioned to record the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. His work has been widely exhibited in South Africa and abroad.
Hallett won a Hasselblad Award for Outstanding Contributions to Photography (1980); a Golden Eye Award from World Press Photo (1995); and, an award from the Cape Times for photo-journalistic excellence (1999).
He is committed to passing on his skills to younger people and has taught photography at American, British, European, and South African institutions.