Born in Empangeni, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa, Mandisa Buthelezi is a photographer and filmmaker who was raised in the township of Umlazi in Durban. Drawn to the rural life of KwaZulu-Natal, she began her journey as a self-taught photographer documenting the social and cultural landscape that exists within the rural and peri-urban areas of the province. With a vast portfolio that communicates the rural voice and an appreciation and respect for the culture that has informed her perspective, Buthelezi provides photographic content that is country-life centred and explores the notions of culture, identity and spirituality. The importance of cataloguing and documenting African culture through visual art has become an important component of her work through assignments. This has shaped her notion of sustaining the culture that surrounds her. Buthelezi presently lives and works between Johannesburg and Durban, South Africa.