Guy Tillim was born in Johannesburg in 1962. After completing a B.Comm at the University of Cape Town in 1983, Tillim joined Afrapix, a collective of South African photographers, in 1986, and since then has seen his work widely published. His involvement with Afrapix continued until 1990, alongside positions with foreign media groups, such as Reuters (1986 - 88) and Agence France Presse (1993-94). He received the Mondi Award (South Africa) for photojournalism in 1998 for his essay of images entitled: Congo River - journey from Kinsangani to Kinshasa. His work has been included in many exhibitions of South African art and photography, both at home and internationally. His assignment work takes him to diverse environments with the common theme of war, destruction, torment, hope, and beauty. Tillim has the capacity to access the remoteness of the human condition and continues to be a visual spokesperson for communities in his immediate surroundings and Cape Town home base. Tillim spends much of his time out of the country on foreign assignments and self-motivated projects.