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Internationally renowned photographer Steve Bloom is set to visit seven regional venues across England and Wales between January and March as part of the Royal Geographical Society (with The Institute of British Geographers)’s regional theatres programme. In his talk, ‘Living Africa’, Steve will set out the challenges faced by Africa’s people and environment in the 21st century and in the bi-centenary year of explorer David Livingstone’s birth. The tour will call at theatres and art venues in Brecon, Darlington, Keswick, King’s Lynn, Southampton, Stamford and Taunton. Click through / scroll down for the detailed programme schedule.
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Media Release
Explore Africa through stunning images with internationally renowned photographer Steve Bloom
Internationally renowned photographer Steve Bloom is set to visit seven regional venues across England and Wales between January and March as part of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)’s regional theatres programme.
In his talk, ‘Living Africa’, Steve will take the audience on a journey through the essence and diversity of Africa, capturing all its colours and cultures through stunning photography. The visual feast will explore the extraordinary continent through landscapes from desert to jungle, wildlife from birds to big game, and human life from remote villages to teeming metropolis.
Steve will set out the challenges faced by Africa’s people and environment in the 21st century and in the bi-centenary year of explorer David Livingstone’s birth. His evocative images of the living world have been lauded across the globe and he has won many international awards including the Power of Photography Award and the Golden Eye of Russia.
Born in South Africa in the 1950s, he first used a camera to document life during the apartheid years. Throughout the last two decades he has explored and photographed all the world’s continents, publishing numerous books about his work.
The tour will call at theatres and art venues in Brecon, Darlington, Keswick, King’s Lynn, Southampton, Stamford and Taunton.
Commenting, Steve said: “Africa is an extraordinarily diverse continent which has changed immeasurably since the days of Livingstone. Access is much easier today, and swathes of the continent have been influenced by outsiders. But in countries that now have teeming metropolises, there remain people who continue to hold onto their traditional cultures. Africa’s abundant wildlife, though threatened by poaching and habitat encroachment, still thrives in vast protected reserves where animals are free to roam.
“Over many years I have revisited the continent of my birth, driven by a passion and determination to discover, through photography, its varied cultures and exotic wildlife. Join me in this visually rich presentation as I retrace my steps and visit the people, wildlife and places of Africa.”
Wednesday 23 January 2013 at 8.00pm
Stamford Arts Centre,
27 St Mary’s Street, Stamford, Lincs, PE9 2DL
Wednesday 20 February 2013 at 7.45pm
Canal Wharf, Brecon, LD3 7EW
Thursday 21 February 2013 at 7.45pm
The Brewhouse Theatre,
Coal Orchard, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1JL
Wednesday 27 February 2013 at 7.30pm
Theatre by the Lake,
Lakeside, Keswick, CA12 5DJ
Wednesday 6 March 2013 at 8.00pm
Civic at Central Hall,
The Dolphin Centre, Horsemarket, Darlington, DL1 5RP
Friday 8 March 2013 at 7.30pm
King’s Lynn Arts Centre,
27-29 King Street, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 1HA
Thursday 21 March 2013 at 8.00pm
Highfield Road, Southampton, SO 17 1BJ