Legacy of the mine
Riverlea mine dump, Main Reef Road, Johannesburg, Gauteng, 2011.

 

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.

 

www.ilangodfrey.com

 

Ilan Godfrey
Dirty coal collection, Thusi Village, Ermelo, Mpumalanga, 2011.
Ilan Godfrey
Sylvia, Angel and Setty, disused Coronation Colliery, Likazi, Emalahleni (Witbank), Mpumalanga, 2011.
Ilan Godfrey
Linda, Daniel, Dumisani and Calvin, informal gold diggers, Roodepoort, Johannesburg, Gauteng, 2013.
Ilan Godfrey
Precious Sibanda, Randfontein Road, Roodepoort, Johannesburg, Gauteng, 2013.
Ilan Godfrey
Sondela municipal dumping site, Rustenburg, North West, 2012.
Ilan Godfrey
Swimming in the ‘Long Sea’, Diamanthoogte, Koffiefontein, Free State, 2013.
Ilan Godfrey
Fishing on the Vaal River, Vereeniging, Gauteng, 2011.
Ilan Godfrey
Ritual offering, Vaal River, Maccauvlei area, Free State, 2011.
Ilan Godfrey
Daniel Ndou, Rand Leases Mining Hostel, Main Reef Road, Roodepoort, Gauteng, 2011.
Ilan Godfrey
Diggers Liquor Store, Jagersfontein, Free State, 2013.
Ilan Godfrey
Anna Grobler, Emalahleni (Witbank), Mpumalanga, 2011.
Ilan Godfrey
Mahlomola William Melato, silicosis victim, Oppenheimer Park, Tabong, Welkom, Free State, 2012.
Ilan Godfrey
Gold Reef City Theme Park, Main Reef Road, Johannesburg, Gauteng, 2011.

 

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