This is a dinner lecture , RGS HK members HK$500 Non Members HK$550. Drinks from 6.30 pm (cash bar) dinner and lecture from 7.30pm
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The Royal Geographical Society HK welcomes Nick Danziger as guest of honour for the Society’s Annual Dinner 2011. Mr. Danziger achieved early fame for his celebrated travel books Danziger’s Travels and Danziger’s Adventures. In addition to his books, he is also an internationally famous photographer, having published photographs from more than 50 countries in his work as a photojournalist. Mr Danziger’s accounts, in particular of Asia and Africa, make for a vivid, unforgetable lecture, accompanied by his famous photographs and trademark engaging humour and zest.
Nick Danziger’s talk starts with a graphic account of his hairraising adventures during an eighteen month journey “beyond forbidden frontiers" from London to Hong Kong, famously accounted in Danziger’s Travels. Travelling in disguise as an itinerant Muslim, his journey on foot or using traditional methods of local transport, cost only GBP700 for a journey of some 28,000km.
After walking and hitch hiking through southern turkey, Mr Danziger reached of the Iran of the Ayatollahs, visiting Shiraz and Bam in a hidden tour of the country. He then entered Afghanistan illegally in a convoy of Chinese weapons, spending two months dodging Russian helicopter gunships with rebel guerillas. He was then the first foreigner to cross from Pakistan into the closed western areas of China since the Communist revolution. Travelling with local people, pitting his wits against officialdom, he broke barriers and boundaries all kinds as he travelled onwards to Urumchi, Lhasa, Xian, Beijing, then to Hong Kong,
Mr Danziger then speaks with vividly illustrated anecdotes about his subsequent 25 years of taking photographs and making documentary films as one of the world’s most renowned photojournalists, which has taken him on assignment to more than 50 countries, including almost every troubled country on earth.
Nick Danziger hails from London but grew up in Monaco. Mr Danziger’s initial ambition was to be an artist and he was educated at The Chelsea School of Art, where he read Fine Art. But when he was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship, he used it to follow ancient trade routes, travelling on foot or by traditional local transport from Turkey to China, documenting his adventures in diaries. The diaries and photographs formed his first book, the best selling Danziger’s Travels and a second book, Danziger’s Adventures. He subsequently published Danziger’s Britain and The British.
Mr Danziger has travelled the world for much of the last 25 years taking photographs and making documentary films, and is one of the world’s most renowned photojournalists. His photographs have appeared in newspapers and magazines worldwide (including the cover photographs of Time, The Times and The Economist), toured museums and galleries internationally, and are held in numerous national museum collections including the National Portrait Gallery in London and the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow. In 2004, he won the World Press Photo of the Year for his ‘mirror’ image of Prime Minister Tony Blair and President George W. Bush. His documentary work is also awardwinning, including achieving the prestigious Prix Italia for Best Television Documentary. He is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, a recipient of the Royal Geographical Society’s Ness Award and has been nominated for Journalist of The Year by the Royal Television Society.