Jillian Edelstein is a South African photographer who is now based in London.
Following a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology, Sociology and Social Work in Johannesburg, she studied Photojournalism at the London College of Communication.
Since moving to London she became a freelance photographer and has been published internationally, including in The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, The Guardian, Time and Forbes.
She has also exhibited her work worldwide, from the National Portrait Gallery in London to the Dali International Photography Festival in Yunnan Province, China.
Jillian frequently visited South Africa in the years between 1996 and 2002 in order to document the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. This resulted in her award winning book entitled Truth and Lies, published in 2002.
In 2018 Jillian was commissioned by Counterpoints Arts to create the photography project You, Me and Those Who Came Before for Refugee Week. This project showcased stunning portraits of first and second generation refugees in the UK, many of them well-known public figures such as David Miliband, Ncuti Gatwa and Judith Kerr. You, Me and Those Who Came Before was exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum and Southbank Centre in June 2019.
Image (c) Format Festival and Jillian Edelstein