Ilan Ossendryver

Owner & Photojournalist


Ilan Ossendryver has been a photojournalist for over 25 years covering international news events such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Gulf War, the war in Lebanon, the Israeli Jordanian peace agreement, and the assassination of Yitzchak Rabin. He photographed at Hosni Mubarak's palace in Cairo where the late Yitzhak Rabin met Yasser Arafat for the first time. He also documented life under Apartheid and the release of Nelson Mandela. He has covered two American presidents, seven Israeli prime ministers, as well as many well-known people from Leonard Bernstein, Pavarotti, FW De Klerk, Michael Jackson and Gorbachev.

He has vast experience with industrial, corporate and public relations photography as well as documenting social issues. Some of his clients include Africa Tikkun, JSE, Microsoft, Nasdaq, Hilton Hotels, Southern Sun Hotels, Intel, and Boeing.

Illan's photographs have appeared in many international newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Forbes, Der Spiegel, South China Morning Post, The Times of London, The Jerusalem Post, Haaretz, Yedioth Acharanot, Maariv, The Star of Johannesburg. He was the resident photographer of the San Francisco Chronicle in Israel and worked for a major news agency in Israel. He is currently the resident photographer of the Johannesburg based Jewish Life Magazine and the South African Jewish Report.

In his and Len Lyons book 'The Ethiopian Jews of Israel: Personal Stories of Life in the Promised Land (Jewish Lights)', they recount for the very first time in captivating photographs and candid interviews, the profound challenges and inspiring accomplishments of Ethiopian Jews struggling to become Ethiopian Israelis. The book is a winner of a Gold Medal from the Independent Book Publishers Awards, 2007. He has also published 'South Africa during the Apartheid era: Short Stories & Images'. Here his short stories are about the hardships and cruelty that black South Africans had to endure under the Apartheid regime. The book is illustrated with over 80 photographs of life in South Africa under Apartheid. These short stories are used around the world in Italy, the Philippines, Botswana and others for teaching English.


  • Gifts of Kindness

  • Responsible Tourism

Ilan conducts photographic trips through his organisation ''Tour Soweto'' where he helps local communities with their vegetable gardens and supports a soccer team.

On his tours, as a photojournalist, you can take a daily trip into Soweto, Alexandra and Diepsloot and discover exciting happenings while at the same time helping communities with their educational needs, vegetable gardens, giving of soccer balls, crayons, books and anything that will bring not only educational upliftment but joy to children and the elderly.