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PROFILE

BIO

Ilan Godfrey (b 1980) is a South African photographer, who’s work explores the diverse social, political, economic and environmental currents that shape contemporary South Africa, giving viewers a broader, and at the same time, more deeply personal understanding of the country they live in but seldom truly gets to grips with. His photographic practice includes extensive research and focuses on issues that expose South Africa’s constantly shifting landscape, documenting the country with an in-depth and intimate conscience. By conveying through long-term, multi-layered projects a process of investigative narration with photography, he reveals varied aspects of societal change across the country.

​At nineteen he moved to England and spent the next 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'. An unflinching series of images set out to expose the unwanted and perhaps under-explored legacy confronting South Africa’s land and people by giving agency to those whose lives and livelihoods have been destroyed by mining processes and the long-term environmental ramifications. This resulted in Ilan receiving the prestigious Ernest Cole Award in 2012. Legacy of the Mine (Jacana, 2013) was published as his first monograph and was launched in conjunction with solo exhibitions across South Africa.

In 2016 he continued to explore South Africa’s extractive sector by collaborating with the Open Society Foundation for South Africa to produce the seminal work, 'The Platinum Belt'. This multifaceted work incorporates narrative sound, extensive writings and a permanent geotagged online platform accessible to a global audience and the local communities directly impacted by the platinum extractive sector.

 

Ilan’s work has been recognised by various leading international photography awards and grants including the Contemporary African Photography Prize, Leica Oskar Barnack Award and the Magenta Flash Forward Award  among many other accolades and recognition's. His exhibited in prestigious galleries and museums worldwide, including the National Portrait Gallery (London, UK), Iziko South African National Gallery (Cape Town, SA), Wits Art Museum (Johannesburg, SA), Musée du quai Branly (Paris, France) and most recently Everard Read Gallery (Johannesburg, SA).

 

He regularly contributes to a broad range of influential international publications including The New Yorker, Le Monde Magazine, ZEIT Magazine, The Sunday Times Magazine, Guardian Weekend Magazine and the Financial Times Magazine. Aside from his editorial work he collaborates with institutions and organisations worldwide working on commissions for global brands including, The Open Society Foundation, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The MasterCard Foundation, Barclays Bank, VISA Card, The Toyota Mobility Foundation and GlaxoSmithKline.

 

He holds 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.

EDUCATION 2002-2007

Master of Arts degree, Photojournalism, The University of Westminster, London, UK

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

BOOKS

Legacy of the Mine

Publisher: Jacana Media
First Published: 2013
Hardcover: 160 Pages
ISBN: 978-1-4314-0861-0

Texts by Ilan Godfrey and Sakhela Buhlungu
 

CLIENTS          
EDITORIAL / NGO

WIRED Magazine, Le Monde.fr, The New Yorker, Wallpaper Magazine, Cityzine Magazine, NZZ Newspaper, ZEIT Magazine, M Le magazine du Monde, GQ Magazine, Amandla Magazine, COLORS Magazine, Financial Times Magazine, Guardian Weekend Magazine, Jeune Afrique Magazine, Ojodepez Magazine, The New Statesman Magazine, The Sunday Time’s Magazine, The Economist - Intelligent Life Magazine, GOOD Inc, INK Global, CARE International, Open Society Foundation U.S and S.A, ActionAid, Save the Children, ONE, RLABS, NRC Media, Monocle Magazine

                         COMMERCIAL

Discovery Channel, VISA Card, Barclays Bank, Pfizer, Toyota Mobility Foundation, GlaxoSmithKline, Thompsons Travel, Entersekt, GIO - Global Intelligence, Huhtamaki, The Mastercard Foundation

AWARDS

Gabriele Basilico Prize in Architecture and Landscape Photography


NOMINATED - 2015

Prix Pictet Environmental PhotographyAward


NOMINATED - 2013

Openphoto Award

 

WINNER - 2012

Prix Pictet Environmental Photography Award


NOMINATED - 2010

TPW Focus on Monferrato Masterclass in Italy

 

PARTICIPANT - 2008

Magenta Flash Forward Award

 

WINNER - 2008

Prix Pictet Environmental Photography 

Award


NOMINATED - 2015

Ernest Cole Award

 

WINNER - 2012

World Press Photo Masterclass

 

NOMINATED - 2011

The International Photography Award

 

HONORABLE MENTION - 2009

Magenta Flash Forward Award

 

WINNER - 2008

Westphoto Award

 

WINNER- 2007

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

Community House                     
Cape Town, South Africa

 

25 YEAR MOVING WALLS, COMMEMORATIVE ART EXHIBITION - OPEN SOCIETY FOUNDATION
THE PLATINUM BELT - 2018

CTSP Gallery                       
Cape Town, South Africa 


THE PLATINUM BELT - 2017

Irma Stern Museum                       
Cape Town, South Africa


LEGACY OF THE MINE - 2013

Wits Art Museum                  
Johannesburg, South Africa 


LEGACY OF THE MINE - 2013

Everard Read Gallery                     
Johannesburg, South Africa

 

MESH PHOTOGRAPHY SERIES
THE PLATINUM BELT + LEGACY OF THE MINE - 2018

Renewable Energy Festival                  Cape Town, South Africa 


WORKING THE BLACK SEAM - 2014

KZNSA Gallery                     
Durban, South Africa 


LEGACY OF THE MINE - 2013

Cape Town Convention Centre             Cape Town, South Africa 


LEGACY OF THE MINE - 2012

Hounslow Civic Centre

London, England 


ANTI - EXTREMISM - 2010

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

London Gallery West                      
London, England 


25 - 2015

International Women's Forum             Johannesburg, South Africa


LEGACY OF THE MINE - 2015

Festival Internacional de Fotografia Cabo Verde                
Mindelo, Cape Verde 


POPCAP '14 - LEGACY OF THE MINE - 2014

Cape Town Month of Photography

Cape Town, South Africa 


POPCAP '14 - LEGACY OF THE MINE - 2014

Image Afrique

Basel, Switzerland


POPCAP '14 - LEGACY OF THE MINE - 2014

Wits Art Museum

Johannesburg, South Africa 


NGEZINYAWO - MIGRANT JOURNEYS - 2014

Wits Art Museum

Johannesburg, South Africa 


UMHLABA 100 YEARS - 2013

Iziko South African National Gallery

Cape Town, South Africa 


UMHLABA 100 YEARS - 2013

The Lovell Gallery

Cape Town, South Africa 


NOBLE PHOTO AUCTION, SOUTH AFRICAN CENTRE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY - 2012

Biografica

Mumbai, India 


UNIVERSITY OF WESTMINSTER ALUMNI EXHIBITION OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS - 2009

Laing Art Gallery

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK 


TAYLOR WESSING PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE - 2009

The National Portrait Gallery

London, UK


THE TAYLOR WESSING PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE - 2008

The Getty Gallery

London, UK 


THE IAN PARRY AWARD - 2008

South African Jewish Museum

Cape Town, South Africa 


RESONANCE & WONDER - 2015

Addis Foto Festival                  
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 


POPCAP '14 - LEGACY OF THE MINE - 2014

European Month of Photography        Vienna, Austria 


POPCAP '14 - LEGACY OF THE MINE - 2014

Lagos Photo Festival

Lagos, Nigeria 


POPCAP '14 - LEGACY OF THE MINE - 2014

Photo Ireland Festival

Dublin, Ireland 


POPCAP '14 - LEGACY OF THE MINE - 2014

Iziko South African National Gallery

Cape Town, South Africa 


UMHLABA 100 YEARS - 2013

Stephan Welz & Co

Cape Town, South Africa 


NOBLE PHOTO AUCTION, SOUTH AFRICAN CENTRE OF PHOTOGRAPHY - 2013

South Africa Jewish Museum

Cape Town, South Africa 


ROOTS EN ROUTE - 2012

PhotoEspana

Madrid, Spain 


INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY AND VISUAL ARTS - 2010

Musee du Quai Branly

Paris, France 


PHOTOQUAI BIENNIAL - 2009

European Month of Photography

Vienna, Austria 


FOOD FOR YOUR EYES - 2008

Food For Your Eyes

Paris, France 


A PHOTO GROUP SLIDESHOW, VOL 05 - 2008

Hereford College of Arts

Hereford, UK 


HEREFORD PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL - 2008

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

University of Cape Town Art Collection

The Vineyard Hotel

Open Society Foundation - OSF New York

Gallery F

BOOKS/CATALOGUES

DIRTY POWER, Mining and Extractives programme of ActionAid SA - 2014

A LONG WAY HOME, Migrant Worker Worlds 1800 - 2014
Flash Forward Tenth, Magenta Foundation Publishing, Canada - 2014

EPILOGUE, The Australian Photojournalist, Australia -  2011
Flash Forward, Magenta Foundation Publishing, Canada - 2009
Flash Forward, Magenta Foundation Publishing, Canada - 2008
Flash Forward, Magenta Foundation Publishing, Canada - 2007

LECTURES & ARTIST VISITS

TEDx Mahikeng, Pathways, Mahikeng, North West, South Africa

Everard Read Gallery, Mesh Photography Series, Johannesburg, South Africa

International Women’s Forum, Johannesburg, South Africa

Joburg Photo Harare Masterclass, Johannesburg, South Africa

Image Afrique, Basel, Switzerland

Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg, South Africa

Cape Town Month of Photography, Cape Town, South Africa
The Edward Ruiz Mentorship, Johannesburg, South Africa
Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg, South Africa
Cape Town School of Photography, Cape Town, South Africa
University of Westminster, Professional Futures, London, UK
Barnet College, ND Photography, London, UK
Corpus Christi College, The Oxford Prep Experience, Oxford, UK

PRESS, PUBLICATIONS, INTERVIEWS, FEATURES

Neue Zũrcher Zeitung, ‘Foto-Tableau: Das Erbe der Mine, Schader, Angela and Steinmann, Gilles, September, 2018

LENSCRATCH, South Africa Week – The Platinum belt, Kirkwood, Meghan, July, 2018

M Le Magazine Du Monde, Chapelle ardente, April, 2018

ZEIT Magazine, Lernen wie die reichen Kinder, Von Linda, Tutmann, January, 2018

WINGS Magazine, kap cool, Hahn, Marten, September, 2017

FOCUS Magazine, Hier sitzt die Zukunft Südafrikas, Milhan, Kirsten, July, 2017
GOOD Inc, Below The Surface, de Greef, Kimon, December, 2016

Le Monde.fr, Mine De Titane, Hervieu, Sébastien, July, 2016

WIRED Magazine, Africa Offline, Macdougall, Clair, November 2016

The New Yorker, Digging for Glory, Williams, Paige, June, 2016

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

Leica Fotografie International, Special Edition, ‘Legacy of the Mine’, March, 2014

Afrique In Visu, ‘Legacy of the Mine’, Preston, Sarah, September, 2014

CityZine Magazine, ‘Legacy of the Mine’, Jiang, Yanmei, 2014

iGroove Radio, ‘Legacy of the Mine’, interview on winning Popcap ’14, Bola Browne, Raymond, November, 2014

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

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

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

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

About Photography, IL LASCITO DELLA MINIERA, 2014

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

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

SAfm BASA Create, ‘Legacy of the Mine’, book review and radio interview, Stander, Monique, November, 2013

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

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

FT Weekend Magazine, ‘Desmond Tutu’, September, 2013

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

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

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

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

Wallpaper Magazine*, ‘GUSTO’, January, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Daily Maverick, ‘OPENPhoto Award’, May, 2012

Conscientious, ‘Sanctuary of Exile’, Colberg, Jörg, 2012

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

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

GUP Magazine, ‘Legacy of the Mine’, 2012

Peanut Butter Thoughts, ‘The Harvest’, 2012

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

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

COLORS, ‘With Love’, December, 2011

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

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

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

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

PRIVATE, ‘Remade’, #48, Spring, 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

The FADER, ‘Ikonika’ April, 2010

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

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

FOTO8, ‘Living with Crime’, Heinz, Lauren, 2009

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

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

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