Nick Danziger is one of the world’s most renowned photojournalists. Much of his life has been dedicated to documenting the social and political issues that define our times in best-selling books, in award-winning documentaries and in photography. He has won numerous awards for his work, amongst them is an Honorary Fellowship awarded by the Royal Photographic Society, and the Royal Geographical Society’s Ness Award in recognition of raising public understanding of contemporary social, political and environmental issues. He has also won the World Press Photo 1st prize in the single portrait category. His photographs have been published internationally and are part of several museum collections including the National Portrait Gallery, The National Media Museum, The Morgan Library and Museum.
From the introduction to his first major retrospective of his photographic work:
Nick Danziger is a polymath. He abandoned a promising career as a painter to travel and in the 1980’s he became a best selling author; his first book Danziger’s Travels, is still in print to this day. In the 1990’s he won awards for his films for the BBC, and for other international networks, working with NGO’s such as ICRC. Throughout all this time Nick took still photographs, at first as a record and illustration, then as part of the film making process and in the last decade working principally as a photojournalist and documentary photographer.
These labels maybe describe what Nick does, but they do not define him. More than anything else Nick Danziger is a traveller, a storyteller and an explorer of places and situations that most of us would never dare to go near. He is a contemporary everyman, through whose eyes we can begin to understand the outside world.
Nick’s urge to travel is bonded with his deep fascination with people. Over the years working with him I’ve learnt not to be surprised by the depth of affection in which he is held by his subjects and his colleagues. From steely-faced politicians and their spin-doctors to taxi drivers and hotel receptionists, they all fall for his easy charm and his genuine interest in themselves and their lives.
The drama of peoples lives in times of war, famine, or civil unrest can be extreme, but Nick understands that the story does not end there. In this, the first major retrospective of his photographic work, Nick stands out as a someone who cares enough to return, to follow up, to find out how their lives developed and moved on, sometimes for the better and sometimes not.
Neil Burgess, curator