Chris Ledochowski was born in South Africa in 1956 and grew up in Johannesburg. He attended school at Waterford - Kamhlaba in Swaziland. In the late seventies he studied for a diploma Fine Art at the Michaelis School of Find Art, University of Cape Town, majoring in Photography. In the early 1980s he joined Afrapix, an independent photographic collective, that was instrumental in documenting the social conditions under which South Africa’s oppressed lived as well as their struggle against the Apartheid system. In the years running up to the new dispensation Ledochowski contributed to numerous anti apartheid exhibitions and publications. Apart from documenting the ongoing struggles and strife in the township communities on the Cape Flats he dedicated much of his time to documenting the formation and development of the Congress of South African Trade Unions and related worker organizations within the Western Cape.
Not withstanding his role as social documentary photographer, Ledochowski took on a personal approach in exploring the lives of people in disadvantaged communities. This also took the form of portrait photography where he hand painted his portraits for people in the community.