AboutLondon 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. As Tony Blair gives evidence to the Iraq Inquiry on January 29, Danziger's portraits, displayed alongside captions by Stothard, remind us of âBlair at War'.
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.