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 at the UCT Erma Stern Museum, Cape Town, KZNSA Gallery (KwaZulu Natal Society of Arts), Durban and the WAM Gallery (Wits Art Museum), Johannesburg.

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 most recently the POPCAP ’14 Prize Africa (winner, 2014) resulting in his work will be exhibited at seven major photographic festivals around the world, the Leica Oskar Barnack Award (finalist, 2014), 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. He has participated in the Toscana Photographic Masterclass in Italy(2008) and was a recipient of the Ivan Kyncl Memorial Photography Placement in London (2007).

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.

EDUCATION 2002 - 2007

Bachelor of Arts (hons) degree, Photography, The University of Westminster

Master of Arts degree, Photojournalism, The University of Westminster



The New Yorker, Le Monde. fr, WIRED Magazine, Wallpaper Magazine, GQ Magazine, Discovery Channel, GOOD Magazine, Cityzine Magazine, NZZ Newspaper, ZEIT Magazine, Amandla Magazine, COLORS Magazine, FT Weekend Magazine, Guardian Weekend Magazine, Jeune Afrique Magazine, Ojodepez Magazine, The New Statesman Magazine, The Economist – Intelligent Life Magazine, The Sunday Times Magazine, CARE International, Open Society Foundation U.S and S.A, ActionAid, Save the Children, ONE, RLABS, VISA Card, Barclays Bank



FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Awards, Nominated, 2016

Open Society Foundations for South Africa, Grant, 2016

Gabriele Basilico Prize in Architecture and Landscape Photography, Nominated, 2015

Prix Pictet Environmental Photography Award, Nominated, 2015

POPCAP ’14 Prize Africa, Winner, 2014

Leica Oskar Barnack Award, Finalist, 2014

Flash Forward Tenth, Best of Magenta, 2014

Prix Pictet Environmental Photography Award, Nominated, 2013

Ernest Cole Award, Winner, 2012

Openphoto Award, Winner, 2012

World Press Photo Masterclass, Nominated, 2011

Prix Pictet Environmental Photography Award, Nominated, 2010

The International Photography Award, Honorable Mention, 2009

TPW Focus on Monferrato Masterclass, Participant, 2008

Magenta Flash Forward Emerging Photographers Award, Winner, 2008

World Press Photo Masterclass, Nominated, 2008

Westphoto Award, Winner, 2007

Magenta Flash Forward Emerging Photographers Award, Winner, 2007

World Press Photo Masterclass, Nominated, 2007

Ivan Kyncl Memorial Photography Placement, 2007

The British Journal of Photography Nikon Endframe Awards, Finalist, 2007

AOP Student Awards, Finalist, 2007

Shots Young Photographers Award, Finalist, 2007

The David Faddy Scholarship, 2006



CTSP Gallery, Cape Town, 2017, The Platinum Belt

Renewable Energy Festival, Cape Town, 2014, Working the Black Seam

Irma Stern Museum, Cape Town, 2013, Legacy of the Mine

KZNSA Gallery, Durban, 2013, Legacy of the Mine

Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg, 2013, Legacy of the Mine

Cape Town Convention Centre, Cape Town, 2012, Legacy of the Mine

Hounslow Civic Centre, London, 2010, Inspire, Anti-Extremism



Édition POPCAP, FAHRBEREITSCHAFT, Gallery Weekend Berlin, Germany, 2015

International Women’s Forum, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2015

Addis Foto Fest, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 2014

Festival Internacional de Fotografia Cabo Verde, Mindelo, Cape Verde, 2014

European Month of Photography, Eyes On, Vienna, Austria, 2014

Cape Town Month of Photography, Cape Town, South Africa, 2014

Lagos Photo Festival, Lagos, Nigeria, 2014

Image Afrique, Basel, Switzerland, 2014

PhotoIreland Festival, Dublin, Ireland, 2014

Wits Art Museum, Ngezinyawo – Migrant Journeys, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2014

Iziko South African National Gallery, Umhlaba 100 Years, Cape Town, South Africa, 2013

Wits Art Museum, Umhlaba 100 Years, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2013

Stephan Welz & Co, The South African Centre for Photography, Cape Town, South Africa, 2013

South African Jewish Museum, Roots en Route, Cape Town, South Africa, 2012

The Lovell Gallery, The South African Centre for Photography, Cape Town, South Africa, 2012

PhotoEspana, International Festival of photography and visual arts, Madrid, Spain, 2012

Biografica, University of Westminster Alumni Exhibition of Photographic Arts, Mumbai, India, 2009

Musee du Quai Branly, Photoquai Biennial, Paris, France, 2009

Laing Art Gallery, Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, 2009

European Month of Photography, Food For Your Eyes, Vienna, Austria, 2008

The National Portrait Gallery, Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, London, UK, 2008

Food For Your Eyes, Vol 05, Paris, France, 2008

The Getty Gallery, The Ian Parry Award, London, UK, 2008

Hereford College of Arts, Hereford Photography Festival, Hereford, UK, 2008

The Getty Gallery, The Ian Parry Award, London, UK, 2007

AOP Gallery, London, UK, 2007

Farringdon Newsroom, The Observer Hodge Award, London, UK, 2007

Calumet Photo Gallery, Westphoto Award, London, UK, 2007

Shunt Gallery, London, UK, 2007

Photoplus Expo, Care International, New York, USA, 2006

Gallery West, London, UK, 2006

Atlantis Gallery, London, UK, 2006

Tom Blau Gallery, The Ian Parry Award, London, UK 2005



University of Cape Town Art Collection

The Vineyard Hotel

Open Society Foundations

Gallery F



Legacy of the Mine, Photographs and text by Ilan Godfrey, Essay by

Sakhela Buhlungu, Published by Jacana Media, 2013

Dirty Power, Photographs by Ilan Godfrey, Report by John Capel,

Published by the Mining and Extractives programme of ActionAid South Africa (AASA)



TELL MUM EVERYTHING IS OK, Éditions FP & CF, France, 2015

A LONG WAY HOME, Migrant Worker Worlds, South Africa, 1800 – 2014

EPILOGUE, The Australian Photojournalist, Australia, 2011

FLASH FORWARD, Magenta Foundation, Canada, 2007/08/09



SAfm – The Enviro Show, ‘Legacy of the Mine’ and ‘The Platinum Belt’, 06 April, 2017, Richards, Nancy

POWER FM, ‘Legacy of the Mine’, book review and radio interview, November, 2013, South Africa, Mosaka, Azania

SAfm – The Lifestyle Show, ‘Legacy of the Mine’, book review and radio interview, November, 2013, South Africa, Constant, Michelle

iGroove Radio, ‘Legacy of the Mine’, POPCAP ’14, interview, 22 October 2014, Nigeria, Bola Browne, Raymond



International Women’s Forum, Johannesburg, South Africa

Image Afrique, Basel, Switzerland

Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg, South Africa

The Edward Ruiz Mentorship, Johannesburg, South Africa

Joburg Photo Harare Masterclass, Johannesburg, South Africa

Cape Town Month of Photography, Cape Town, South Africa

Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg, South Africa

Cape Town School of Photography, Cape Town, South Africa

The University of Westminster, Professional Futures, London, UK

Barnet College, ND Photography, London, UK

Corpus Christi College, The Oxford Prep Experience, Oxford, UK



GOOD Magazine, ‘Below the Surface’, Issue 039, Winter, 2016, De Greef, Kimon [Link]

WIRED Magazine, ‘Africa Offline’, November, 2016, Macdougall, Clair [Link]

The New Yorker, ‘Digging for Glory’, June, 2016, Williams, Paige [Link]

GQ Magazine, ‘Clyde and Bonnie’, August, 2015

Zeit Magazin, ‘Mein revolutionäres Jahr’, July, 2014, Musharbash, Yassin [Link]

Wallpaper Magazine*, ‘Sheltering skies’, January, 2014, Arlidge, John

Neue Zũrcher Zeitung, ‘Foto-Tableau: Von Minen und Menschen’, September, 2014 [Link]

Fotografia Magazine, ‘Hidden Downsides to South Africa’s Mining Industry’, July, 2014 [Link]

The Culture Trip, ‘Photographing the Depths of South Africa’, 2014 [Link]

About Photography, IL LASCITO DELLA MINIERA, 2014 [Link]

Guardian Weekend Magazine, ‘Pictures of the week: Legacy of the Mine’, December, 2013 [Link]

Aperture‘Dispatches – Photography Scenes Worldwide’, Summer, 2013, O’Toole, Sean

Sunday Times, ‘Mining’s legacy of scars’, September, 2013, Price, Max and Weinberg, Paul [Link]

FT Weekend Magazine, ‘Desmond Tutu’, September, 2013 [Link]

L’Oeil de la Photographie, ‘Ilan Godfrey: Legacy of the Mine’, October, 2013 [Link]

Weekend Witness, ‘Scars on the land and on its people, September, 2013, Arts Editor

Between 10 and 5, ‘Legacy of the Mine’, September, 2013 [Link]

FT Weekend Magazine, ‘A Life In The Sun’, March, 2013, Kuper, Simon

Wallpaper Magazine*, ‘GUSTO’, January, 2013

FMR Book Choice, ‘Mining history investigated’, book review and radio interview, 2013, Todres, Philip

The Mercury, ‘Varied, glossy art in a snap’, October, 2013, Meijer, Marianne

Selamta Magazine, ‘Thinking Inside the Box’, September/October, 2013, Findlay, Stephanie

FT Weekend Magazine, ‘Home Comforts’, 2013, England, Andrew

Cape Times, ‘Underground narrative is brought to the surface’, August, 2013, Godfrey, Ilan

The Independent on Saturday, ‘Capturing the effects of mining on land
and people’, October, 2013, Cele, Portia

Amandla!, ‘Our wealth our poison’, September, 2012, Amandla! Correspondents

Wallpaper Magazine*, ‘Bay Watch’, May 2012, Wu, Daven

Daily Maverick, ‘OPENPhoto Award’, May, 2012 [Link]

Conscientious, ‘Sanctuary of Exile’, 2012, Colberg, Jörg [Link]

Mail & Guardian, ‘Photographing the seam of suffering’, 2012, Singer, Michal

Wallpaper Magazine*, ‘Jambo Jets’, December, 2012, Arlidge, John

GUP Magazine, ‘Legacy of the Mine’, 2012 [Link]

Peanut Butter Thoughts, ‘The Harvest’, 2012

EPILOGUE, ‘Living With Crime’, Vol 16 No 1, 2011, Joshua, Phillip [Link]

FADER, ‘Tight Knit Tribe’, #73, Apr/May, 2011 [Link]

COLORS, ‘With Love’, December, 2011

Wallpaper Magazine*, ‘RSA’, November, 2011, Compton, Nick

Jeune Afrique, ‘Pépinière d’élite’, October, 2011, England, Andrew

The Financial Times, ‘Leadership lessons in Africa’, September, 2011, England, Andrew [Link]

PORTFOLIO, ‘Urban Democracy in South Africa’, #51, May, 2010, Bate, David

PRIVATE, ‘Remade’, #48, Spring, 2010

FADER, ‘Gold Panda-Composing for a life less ordinary’, #70, October, 2010, Shepherd, Julianne Escobedo [Link]

MANA, ‘Att Leva Med Kriminalitet’, #2, 2010

FADER, ‘Out of Print’, #69, Aug/Sept, 2010, Nnadi, Chioma

OjodePez, ‘Living With Crime’, #21, March, 2010

Verbal, ‘Ilan Godfrey - Living with Crime’, interview by Daniel Cuthbert, January, 2010 [Link]

British Journal of Photography, ‘Photojournalism: Wait. Worry. Who Cares?’ interview
with Olivier Laurent, 2010

The FADER, ‘Ikonika’ April, 2010 [Link]

FT Weekend Magazine, ‘Living With Crime’, March, 2010

Pdfx12/photo documentary, ‘Ilan Godfrey - Living with Crime’, 2009, Goto, Yumi

FOTO8, ‘Living with Crime’, 2009, Heinz, Lauren [Link]

FLUX Magazine, ‘Panarama Place’, #64, July, 2008

Taylor Wessing 08, ‘Living With Crime’, November, 2008, Okri, Ben

FOTO8, ‘Half Way House’, Autumn, 2008, Lane, Guy