Having spent over 40 years taking photographs in Africa it’s fair to say that Harry Hook knows a thing or two about this wonderful continent. The collection of images he has amassed is astounding: vivid, dramatic, unusual and deeply intriguing. And the stories behind the pictures are equally fascinating too, shedding remarkable and emotional perspectives on the day-to-day lives of people across Africa.

The RSGS is delighted to announce that esteemed photographer Harry Hook will be presenting a richly illustrated public lecture about his photographic adventures in Africa on Tuesday 13th March in Perth. His talk will be the last of the 2017/18 Inspiring People series in Perth.

For his lecture entitled About Africa: In Pictures, Harry will focus predominantly on the theme of migration, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. In this part of the world, millions upon millions of Africans are heading for towns and cities, leaving behind their villages, land and possessions. And in recent years, the pace of this change has been staggering.

The effects of these mass movements have been felt across Africa, promoting massive cultural and societal change. African cities now loom large and dominate people’s frame of reference, and the many distinct rural societies and tribal groupings that once predominated in the countryside are becoming lost within these urban populations.

But fortunately, these changes have not been lost on Harry. His vast body of work – which will be skilfully shared with the audience in Perth – shines a bright and fresh light on these developments, illuminating the shifting ways in which people live in Africa.

Speaking about the upcoming talk, Chief Executive Mike Robinson said: “We are very much looking forward to welcoming Harry to Perth. His talk is set to be beautifully illustrated with photographs from his collection, so it will be fascinating to discover the deeper meaning and stories behind some of his most exquisite images. This is a must for anyone with a passion for photography, travel, physical spaces or human geography.”

Harry Hook has been taking photographs since 1968. As a photographer for Getty Images his work has been published by leading newspapers and magazines around the world. Harry has also worked as an award-winning film writer, producer and director, most notably on titles such as Photographing Africa (2014), an emotional BBC4 documentary about his own career, Lord of the Flies (1990) and Silent Witness (1996).

Tickets can be bought or reserved online via the RSGS website. Tickets may also be available on the door: £10 to visitors and £8 for Tiso Outdoor Experience Cardholders. Entry is free for RSGS members, U18s and students.

The venue for the lecture is:

Salutation Hotel, 34 South Street, Perth, PH2 8PH

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