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. 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 leading institutions and organisations worldwide and has been recognised locally and internationally by various photography awards. Ilan Godfrey’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 major international publications.