African Photojournalism Database
Johannesburg, South Africa
Ilan Godfrey was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1980. At nineteen he moved to London, England where he gained a BA (Hons) degree in Photography from the University of Westminster and was awarded the David Faddy Scholarship to continue his studies, receiving an MA degree in Photojournalism.
He spent eleven years working between Johannesburg and London before returning to South Africa in 2011 to focus on several long-term projects. One of which would evolve over two and a half years into the Legacy of the Mine. This resulted in Ilan receiving the prestigious Ernest Cole Award in 2012. Legacy of the Mine was published as his first monograph in 2013 and was launched in conjunction with solo exhibitions across South Africa.
Ilan Godfrey’s current and ongoing personal photographic practice focuses on extensive issues that reflect South Africa’s constantly changing landscape, documenting the country with an in-depth, intimate and personal conscience. By conveying through long-term projects a process of exploratory narration with photography, he reveals varied aspects of societal change across the country.
He collaborates with institutions and organisations worldwide and has been recognised by various photography awards and grants, including OSF-SA (Grantee 2016), POPCAP ’14 Prize Africa (winner 2014), the Leica Oskar Barnack Award (finalist, 2014), the OPEN Photo Award (winner, 2012), and the Magenta Flash Forward Award (winner 2007 and 2008) among others.
Ilan’s photographs have been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, including the National Portrait Gallery in London, Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town, Wits Art Museum in Johannesburg and Musée du quai Branly in Paris. His photographs have been featured in a broad range of leading international publications.
2016 - Open Society Foundation for South Africa (Grantee), 2016 - FT/Oppenheimer Emerging Voices Awards (Nominated), 2015 - Prix Pictet Award (Nominated), 2015 - Gabriele Basilico Prize (Nominated), 2014 - POPCAP '14 Prize Africa (Winner), 2014 - Leica Oskar Barnack Award (Finalist), 2012 - Ernest Cole Award (Winner), 2012 - Openphoto Award (Winner), 2009 - IPA (Honorable Mention), 2008 - Magenta Flash Forward Award (Selected Winner), 2007 - Westphoto Award (Winner)
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CARE International - Dao Fatoumata , Kada Market, Ivory Coast, 2015