Hallett was born in Hout Bay, Cape Town in 1942. He is a Cape Town based self-taught photographer. Hallett made a poignant personal document of District Six, a part of Cape Town that had been declared white, forcing all black inhabitants to be removed and their property destroyed. British Cinema, included in the 1979 book title Images by James Matthews
In 1970 he left South Africa to work for The Times of London. Hallett took a personal interest in the exiled South African artists living in Europe and his collection houses a strong selection of those artists. Hallett has taught photography in Europe, America and Africa and continues to take a motivated interest in community-based arts projects in our country.
He returned permanently to South Africa in 1995. In 1997 he was jury member of the World Press Awards. Hallett is currently working on various personal projects involving the Red Cross Children's Hospital, Muslim families in Cape Town, and preparing an exhibition on Black Life in the city during the 1970's
Proceeds from the sale of British Cinema by George Hallett will fund Project Ingekleur, a newly formed group of artists who are involved with community and art related projects. Their forthcoming exhibition at the AVA entitled Ingekleur, Outside the Lines is scheduled for March 2012. This exhibition is a group exhibition featuring Donavan Ward, Selvin November, Vivien Kohler, Robyn-Leigh Cedras, Igshaan Adams, Sophie Peters, Dion Cupido, Roderick Sauls, Lee Ann February, Craig Masters, Mak 1and George Hallett. The exhibition will interrogate notions of Coloured Identity in terms of its relevance as an apartheid construct and its contribution to the shaping of an ever shifting often voiceless community.
The group was formed in January 2011 by Vivien Kohler, Selvin November, Donavan Ward and Robyn-Leigh Cedras.