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20 Years of Democracy

Ilan Godfrey (b. 1980)

Ilan Godfrey was the second winner of the Ernest Cole Award. His book, Legacy of the Mine, explores the social, political and environmental impact the mining industry has had on South Africa. Godfrey was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1980. He has a master's degree in Photojournalism from the University of Westminster. He focuses on extensive issues that reflect South Africa’s constantly changing landscape, documenting the country with an in-depth, intimate and personal conscience, revealing varied aspects of societal change. He has won a number of awards for his work.

"Exploring the consequences of mining on South Africa’s land and people, I am unsettled by what lies ahead. The need for economic growth cannot be ignored but neither can the sustainability of the earth and water for generations to come. Exploitation, corruption and greed threaten the land, the very thread that connects all South Africans. Once a symbol of wealth and a formidable force in the development of South Africa, the mine today reveals the scars of neglect and decay and as such poses an irreversible threat to our society.” "

- Ilan Godfrey, Legacy of the Mine, 2013

Jeffrey Ramiruti, Tudor Shaft, Mogale City, Krugersdorp, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

ILAN GODFREY
Jeffrey Ramiruti, Tudor Shaft, Mogale City, Krugersdorp, Johannesburg, Gauteng.
2011

Informal gold digger, disused Western Holdings Mine, Welkom, Free State.

ILAN GODFREY
Informal gold digger, disused Western Holdings Mine, Welkom, Free State.
2012

Ritual offering, Vaal River, Maccauvlei area, Free State.

ILAN GODFREY
Ritual offering, Vaal River, Maccauvlei area, Free State.
2011

Memorial crosses for miners killed by police, Koppies, Wonderkop, Marikana, North West.

ILAN GODFREY
Memorial crosses for miners killed by police, Koppies, Wonderkop, Marikana, North West.
2012