Legacy of the Mine


Ilan Godfrey has recently published his first book. Focused on the consequences of mining on the South African landscape and its people, I believe Ilan’s “Legacy of the Mine” is an important work for us in South Africa to reflect on the place and the true cost of the mining industry.

Swimming in the ‘Long Sea’, Diamanthoogte, Koffiefontein, Free State, 2013
Swimming in the ‘Long Sea’, Diamanthoogte, Koffiefontein, Free State, 2013

Ilan was the 2012 Ernest Cole Photographic Award winner and he used the award to complete the work which resulted in an exhibition and the book. Ilan was born in Johannesburg in 1980 and upon completing his schooling he studied in the UK at the University of Westminster in London where he completed a BA (Hons) degree in Photography and was awarded The David Faddy
Scholarship to continue his studies, gaining a MA degree in Photojournalism. In 2011 he returned to South Africa to continue to conceive and produce photographic projects on a full time basis. He has participated in the Focus on Monferrato Masterclass in Italy and was the recipient of the Ivan Kyncl Memorial Photography Placement.
The book can be purchased from Kalahari here.