Ilan Godfrey was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1980. He has a BA (Hons) degree in Photography and was awarded the David Faddy Scholarship to continue his studies at the University of Westminster in London, where he gained an MA (Hons) degree in Photojournalism.
His work has been recognised locally and internationally by various photography awards, including the OPENPhoto Award in conjunction with the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa, the International Photography Award, the Magenta Flash Forward Award, and Nikon Endframe Award, among others. In 2012 he was awarded the prestigious Ernest Cole Award to support the completion of his in-depth body of work, published as Legacy of the Mine, his first book.
He has participated in the Toscana Photographic Masterclass in Italy and is the recipient of the Ivan Kyncl Memorial Photography Placement in London.
Ilan’s photographs have been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, including the National Portrait Gallery in London, the South African Jewish Museum in Cape Town, Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town, Wits Art Museum in Johannesburg and Musée du quai Branly in Paris. He works with various institutions and organisations worldwide and his photographs have been featured in a broad range of international publications.
Ilan’s personal work 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.