Kgomotso Neto Tleane is
a Johannesburg based photojournalist who focusses his attention on
documenting the everyday lives of South Africans. He seeks out authentic
stories, with a particular
fascination with local taxi industry and
taxi drivers – as evidenced in his photo series Zola Budd. A
primary aim of his is to present alternative views in order to combat
the negative stereotypes of SA.
Early Life and background
Kgomotso Neto Tleane picked up interest in photograph from his grand pa who always had a lot of cameras around the house, he’d often take family portraits, Kgomotso Neto Tleane started doing photojournalist professionally in the 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
After high school he came to Johannesburg to pursue his studies in law, but that didn’t work out. he found a job and got his first camera, his background is mainly street photography and at the time He didn’t have a focus or a subject matter per se, but there was this one picture he took which just kinda changed the way he viewed his surroundings.
He posted a lot of his work on social media and as people became more familiar with it, he got featured in a couple of publications. He also interned at the Sunday Times and The Star newspaper as a photographer.