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Postcards from a Global Photojournalist

Nick Danziger
Thursday, 24 Feb 2011
Olympic House, 1 Stadium Path, Causeway Bay
In addition to our dinner we are pleased to offer an additional lecture by Nick Danziger.

Drinks from 6.30pm lecture starts at 7.30pm. RGS HK membets HK$100 non members HK$150

Nick Danziger lectures on "Postcards from a Global Photojournalist ", the story of his 25 years in photojournalism. Mr Danziger speaks with vividly illustrated anecdotes about his quarter century 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. Mr Danziger's talk will give graphic accounts of the many wars he has reported on in his career; starting with nearly a year in Afghanistan in the RussianAfghan war, followed by his return to Kabul to try to negotiate the release of orphaned children abandoned in an asylum, growing up among chained inmates in a city under siege and devastated by war.
Mr Danziger's account of his work, in particular in Asia, the Middle East and Africa, and most recently with the All Blacks team, make for a vivid evening, accompanied by his famous photographs and trademark engaging humour and zest.

Famous for his ability to get behind the scenes and under the skin of his subjects, Mr Danziger has photographed people from across the widest spectrum, from young inmates in prisons in Afghanistan to ex British Prime Minister Tony Blair as he made the historic decision to take Britain to war in Iraq. In addition to these themes, Mr Danziger's also speaks about his latest venture, where he spent a month with the All Blacks rugby team to produce his forthcoming book Mana. He was given unprecedented access to the All Blacks in their most intimate moments, including the practicing of their legendry haka.

Elsewhere in the world, Mr Danziger talks of his coverage of the Ethiopian famine, where spiraling food shortages were tipping millions towards catastrophe. He also talks of his studies of Ethiopia, documenting the littleknown Ethiopian Orthodox Christian Church, capturing the Church's breathtaking antiquity and shedding light on an ancient culture facing new challenges. A frequent visitor to Sierra Leone, he covered the eleven years of its civil war, where the civilian population was subject to some of the worst human rights atrocities in recent history. Mr Danziger has also covered the tribulations of the Balkans since the collapse of the former Yugoslavia, including the wars in Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo.

Nick Danziger hails from London but grew up in Monaco. His 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's 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.

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