The Today Programme has commissioned internationally renowned photo journalist Nick
Danziger to capture Britain at 6am. Each week we will bring you a new theme, from a Belfast mosque to a London meat market. Be sure to return regularly to watch this stunning exhibition unfold.
easyInternet café, Tottenham Court Road, London
Tottenham Court Road’s easyInternet café never closes. In a sea of hundreds of screens and keyboards there are only a dozen or so young people seated at the terminals. Many appear to be tourists who are able to check emails from home, from friends and fellow travellers. They are seeking out the latest and cheapest travel bargains and ‘chat’ to others in different time zones. It’s also, intentionally or not, a place where overcome by tiredness you can succumb to your dreams and nod. Not far away Saturday night clubbers mix with workers as they wait for the last night buses. Below ground the tube hasn’t yet opened, but in alleyways leading to the tube station, young people are chasing the dragon as they succumb to heroin and crack cocaine in the most public of places.
Nick was born in London but grew up in Monaco and Switzerland. He developed a taste for adventure and travel from a young age, and, inspired by the comic-strip Belgian reporter Tintin, took off on his first trip to Paris aged 13. Without passport or air ticket he managed to enter the country and travel around, selling sketches to make money.
Nick’s initial ambition was to be an artist, and he attended art school, got an MA and representation from a gallery. But his desire for travel remained - he applied and was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship in 1982 and used it to follow ancient trade routes - he travelled on foot or traditional local transport from Turkey to China and documented his adventures in diaries.
The diaries formed his first book, the best selling Danziger’s Travels , and he never looked back. He has since travelled around the world taking photographs and in 1991 made his first documentary in Afghanistan, War Lives and Videotape, based on children abandoned in the Marastoon mental asylum in Kabul. It was shown as part of the BBC’s video diaries series and won the Prix Italia for best television documentary series.
Nick has since travelled the world taking photographs and making documentaries about the people he has met. He has published four books, including his latest, The British, for which he returned to his roots.