Local publishing company, Jacana Media, has recently published Legacy of the Mine, the first photographic book by the 2012 Ernest Cole Photographic Award winner Ilan Godfrey. Ilan’s magnificent imagery and visual narratives of untold stories explore the consequences of mining on South Africa’s land and its people.
Ilan was born in Johannesburg in 1980. He has 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. His work has been recognised locally and internationally by various photography awards, he has participated in the Toscana Photographic Masterclass in Italy and is the recipient of the Ivan Kyncl Memorial Photography Placement in London.
His 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. He says, “Ultimately I hope that this body of work ignites discussion about how as a society we need to stand together in bringing about a broader understanding of our shared resources. We need to acknowledge that the environment is as fragile as the people who live on the land. Growth and development are prerequisites for economic stability, yet we must never forget the historical context of how we got here and how we should move forward into a balanced and equal future.”
Legacy of the Mine is available at most bookstores country wide: Exclusive Books, CNA, Bargain books, Adams. Or is available for purchase at www.jacana.co.za.