Originally from Johannesburg, Ilan moved to London to study photography. During this time he gained 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. He spent eleven years working between Johannesburg and London before returning to settle in South Africa in 2011 to focus on several long-term projects. One of which would evolve over two and a half years into the Legacy of the Mine. This resulted in Ilan receiving the prestigious Ernest Cole Award in 2012.
He works with various institutions and organisations worldwide and has been recognised locally and internationally by various photography awards, including most recently the POPCAP ’14 Prize Africa (winner, 2014) resulting in his work being exhibited at seven major photographic festivals around the world. Ilan’s photographs have been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, including the National Portrait Gallery in London, Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town, Wits Art Museum in Johannesburg and Musée du quai Branly in Paris. His work is regualry featured in a broad range of leading international publications.