African Photojournalism Database
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Ilan Godfrey was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. At nineteen he moved to England to pursue his photographic profession. During this time he gained a BA (Hons) degree in Photography from the University of Westminster in London 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 settle in 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 to support the completion of this in-depth body of work. Legacy of the Mine was published as his first book 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 works with various institutions and organisations worldwide and has been recognised locally and internationally by various photography awards, including the OPEN Photo Award in conjunction with the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (winner, 2012), the International Photography Award (honorable mention, 2009) and the Magenta Flash Forward Award (selected 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.
2015 - Prix Pictet Award (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