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Nick Danziger



The Fellowship


Tracing the silk route to China 

Age when awarded Fellowship: 23
Travelling with minimal equipment, mostly clandestinely, without permission and in disguise as an itinerant Muslim, Nick journeyed for eighteen-months on foot and using traditional means of transport (horse, camel, donkey-cart, tractor and truck) from Europe to China. After southern Turkey and the Iran of the ayatollahs, he entered Afghanistan in the wake of a convoy of Chinese weapons and spent two months dodging Russian helicopter gunships with the mujahedeen (rebel) guerrillas. He was the first foreigner to cross from Pakistan into the closed western province of China since the Chinese Revolution of 1949.

The Results

Nick's graphic account of his hair-raising adventures during his fellowship became an immediate best-seller and has been reprinted nearly two-dozen times since it was first published. The Fellowship launched Nick into a different career (he had been a fine art painter and artist) as an author, documentary filmmaker and photographer. To date he has written three travel books, has won several documentary film awards including the Prix Italia for his BBC video diary ‘War, Lives and Videotape' (based on the children abandoned in Marastoon mental asylum in Kabul). His other awards include the Royal Geographical Society's Ness Award in recognition of raising the public understanding of contemporary social, political and environmental issues through documentary films and photography, and first prize at the World Press Photo awards in the portrait category for his photograph of President Bush and Prime Minister Blair. His photography is regularly published in Britain and in the world's leading news and features magazines. Several museums including, the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Photographic Society, the National Media Museum in Bradford and the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow hold collections of his photography. Nick continues to travel the world, to give voice to those who are rarely heard, from some of the world's remotest regions to inner cities photographing people particularly those that have been marginalised or forgotten.