Ilan Godfrey was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1980, he started exploring the fine arts from a young age.
He moved to the United Kingdom after finishing his schooling in 1999 and got his first break as a photojournalist working for The Times Chronicle Series in London. During this time he studied towards gaining a first class BA (hons) degree in Photography, 2006. He was awarded The David Faddy Scholarship to continue his studies, towards an MA (hons) degree in Photojournalism in 2007 from The University of Westminster.
He is the recipient of the Ivan Kyncl Memorial Photography Placement, which gave him unlimited access to the National Theatre in London, where he documented behind the scenes. He was selected as the UK student representative in Angola with CARE International photographing the ‘I am powerful’ campaign. His work is held in several private collections and has been exhibited in numerous group exhibitions worldwide.
He focuses on issues that reflect South Africa’s constantly changing landscape. Documenting the country with an intimate and personal conscience. He has built up over a period of four years, an in-depth study of urbanization in Johannesburg, ranging from urban development, economic structure and stability, living with crime and security, illegal immigration, amongst other facets of daily life within Post – Apartheid South Africa.
He was invited to participate in the Focus on Monferrato Masterclass in Italy, and has had work from his ‘Living With Crime’ series exhibited at The National Portrait Gallery in conjunction with The Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize. As well as exhibiting work from his ‘Living With Crime’ series with ‘Photoquai biennial’ in conjunction with Musee du Quai Branly in Paris.
Ilan’s work has appeared in publications such as: The FT Weekend Magazine, The Sunday Times Magazine (UK), Flux Magazine, Mana Magazine, Foto 8 - The Photography Biannual, The British Journal of Photography, Private Magazine, Portfolio Magazine, The Magenta Flash Forward book for Emerging Photographers 2007/2008 among others.