29 January – 21 February 2010
Thursday 28 January, 5pm – 8pm
London Gallery West is delighted to present this timely exhibition of photographs by award-winning photojournalist Nick Danziger: Previously shown at the National Portrait Gallery, Danziger’s portraits illustrate a critical moment in British political history as Tony Blair took the final steps towards leading the nation to war with Iraq.
In March 2003, together with Times Literary Supplement Editor Peter Stothard, Danziger was given thirty days of unprecedented access to the Prime Minister and the inner circle of political players in Downing Street, at Camp David and in Europe. The resulting images provide a rare insight into the Blair’s hopes and fears as he faced a sceptical electorate, a divided party, other world leaders and ultimately Saddam Hussein.
The exhibition gains extra poignancy today in the context of the current inquiry charged with identifying lessons from the tangled processes that led to the Iraq war. Danziger’s portraits, displayed alongside captions by Stothard, remind us of ‘Blair at War’. Sandy Nairne, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, London said: ‘Danziger’s closely observed portraits of Tony Blair take us to the heart of statesmanship: to the interaction between world leaders at a critical moment.’
Nick Danziger is one of the world’s most renowned photojournalists and documentary-makers. His photographs have been published and exhibited internationally, and are held in numerous collections including the National Portrait Gallery (London), the National Media Museum (Bradford) and the Gallery of Modern Art (Glasgow). His is also the author of several best-selling travel diaries. His many prestigious awards include a World Press Photo 1st Prize (2004) and the Prix Italia for Best Television Documentary (1991). He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, and in 1996 was nominated for Journalist of The Year by the Royal Television Society. Recent projects include a study of the impact of armed conflict on women, and travel to eight of the world’s poorest countries to document progress being made by the UN towards eradicating poverty by 2015.
LONDON GALLERY WEST, Watford Rd, Middlesex HA1 3TP
Exhibition Opening Times: 9am – 5pm daily
Gallery Talk: Colin Jacobson, Senior Lecturer in Photojournalism, will discuss the relationship between photographers and politicians in the age of the spin doctor.
Wednesday 17 February, 1pm – 2pm at London Gallery West
Reader, School of Media, Arts and Design
Curator of AMBIKA P3 & London Gallery West
University of Westminster