Guy Tillim was born in Johannesburg and lives in Cape Town. He started photographing professionally in 1986, working with the Afrapix collective until 1990. His work as a freelance photographer in South Africa for the local and foreign media included positions with Reuters from 1986 to 1988, and Agence France Presse in 1993 and 1994. Tillim has received many awards for his work including the Leica Oskar Barnack Award in 2005 and the first Robert Gardner Fellowship in Photography from the Peabody Museum at Harvard University in 2006. His work was included on Documenta 12 in 2007 and the São Paulo Biennial in 2006.
Tillim has received many awards for his work including the Prix SCAM (Société Civile des Auteurs Multimedia) Roger Pic in 2002, the Higashikawa Overseas Photographer Award in 2003 and the 2004 DaimlerChrysler Award for South African Photography. He held solo exhibitions at Haus für Kunst Uri, Altdorf (2008) and Haunch of Venison, Zurich (2008). His recent group exhibitions include Great Expectations: Contemporary Photography looks at Today’s Bitter Yearsat Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’art contemporain (2009), The Face of Our Time at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2009), Peripheral Vision and Collective Body at the Museion, Bolzano (2008), Home Lands – Land Marks at Haunch of Venison, London (2008), SLUM: Art and Life in the Here and Now of the Civil Age at the Neue Galerie, Graz (2006), Photography, Video, Mixed Media III at the Daimler Contemporary gallery, Berlin (2006) and the travelling exhibition Africa Remix (2004 – 07). His work is included in the Phaidon publication Vitamin Ph (2006).