Santu Mofokeng was born in Johannesburg in 1956 and began his career as a street photographer in Soweto during the apartheid era. Having received the Ernest Cole Scholarship in 1991, he studied at the International Centre for Photography in New York. In 1998 Mofokeng received the Künstlerhaus Worpswede Fellowship and in 2002 a DAADFellowship in Berlin. His first international retrospective opened in May 2011 at Jeu de Paume in Paris. Mofokeng lives and works in Johannesburg.