Ilan Godfrey - Portrait 

Ilan Godfrey was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1980. He has a BA (hons) degree in Photography and a MA (hons) degree in Photojournalism from the University of Westminster in London, England. He focuses on extensive issues that reflect South Africa’s constantly changing landscape, documenting the country with an in-depth, intimate and personal conscience, revealing varied aspects of societal change. His work has been recognized locally and internationally by the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa, The International Photography Award, Magenta Flash Forward Award, and Nikon Endframe Award among others. In 2012 he was awarded the prestigious Ernest Cole Award for his in depth body of work ‘Legacy of the Mine’ which will be published as his first monograph in 2013. He has participated in the Toscana Photographic Masterclass in Italy and is the recipient of the Ivan Kyncl Memorial Photography Placement in London. Godfrey’s photographs have been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, including The National Portrait Gallery in London, South African Jewish Museum in Cape Town and Musee du Quai Branly in Paris. His photographs have been featured in a broad range of international publications.

“Studying at The University of Westminster allowed me to gain invaluable skills in developing the way I work as a photographer today. Studying within the university’s framework alongside my peers and lecturers was an intense and rewarding experience. It helped me define a considered and meaningful approach to my personal practice.

Since my journey began, I have been fortunate enough to cover assignments for varied publications and have worked on collaborative commissions with organizations internationally. It has been a privilege to see my personal long-term projects exhibited in galleries and museums and featured in a broad range of publications worldwide.

I continue to focus on varied issues that reflect South Africa’s constantly changing landscape. Documenting the country with an intimate and personal conscience. I aim to highlight important issues within post-apartheid South Africa, by conveying through long-term projects a process of investigative journalism and documentary photography.

Drawn to my roots, I returned to settle in South Africa at the beginning of 2011 to continue in the development of my projects and commit to them on a full time basis.”





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01 - Legacy of the Mine


02 - Living With Crime


03 - The Harvest


04 - Sanctuary of Exile


05 - Panarama Place