Andrew Tshabangu was born in Soweto in 1966. Tshabangu has studied at a number of institutions, amongst them at the Institute of Advancement for Journalism in 1998 and at the Alexandra Community Art Centre in Johannesburg. He taught photography at the Children’s Photography Workshop and the Market Photo Workshop. In 1998, he was an artist in residency at the Gasworks Art Studio, London.
Tshabangu has been exhibited across South Africa and internationally. In 2017, a solo retrospective of Tshabangu’s work was exhibited at the South African National Gallery, coinciding with Footprints, the first major survey of the iconic photographer’s work to be published in print. Last year, Tshabangu’s work was included at MAXXI in Rome, Italy and at the Dakar Biennale. This year, Tshabangu participated in Le Grand Chemin at Cité des Artes in Réunion, and the Vrystaat Arts Festival, showing his major retrospective exhibition Footprints, which previously travelled to the National Arts Festival and Iziko National Gallery.