In and Out of the Public Eye-Eddie Botsio

5 Sep 2011 – 30 Sep 2011

All Visual Arts

London, United Kingdom


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At a time when the media landscape is experiencing unprecedented change, Eddie has photographed some of the architects of the BBC's public service heritage. On show will be portraits of some of the leading media personalities of today and one or two potential stars of tomorrow. The series will go on sale to benefit the charity Raleigh International. The raft of celebrities who have agreed to have their pictures taken include: BBC Breakfast's Bill Turnbull (pictured at home with his bees); Radio 1 DJ Trevor Nelson (playing golf); The Today Programme's Justin Webb (on his daily commute home); News at Ten's Mark Austin (at Lords); and even Charlotte Smith for fans of Farming Today. All images are being printed,mounted and framed by PhotoBox. The exhibition is curated by Eamonn McCabe, former picture editor at the Guardian and an award-winning photographer in his own right. BBC News Channel presenter Louise Minchin, one of Eddie's sitters, says that without Raleigh International, she wouldn't have become a newsreader: “I remember being in the middle of Patagonia with Raleigh and I was being interviewed about Raleigh's work in the country.... and halfway through I remember thinking, 'I now know what I want to do! I want to be the one asking questions — it's really obvious'. And fifteen to twenty years later, I'm still asking questions and it was definitely down to that moment, in the middle of Southern Chile.

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