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Britain at 6 - Photography by Nick Danziger Download Macromedia

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.

Barlinnie Prison, Glasgow

Like most prisons in Britain, Barlinnie was built for another era and the current prison population far exceeds what it was originally built for. At 6am, the early morning silence is broken by the warden as he makes his rounds; it’s the prison’s metronome: the click of the cell light switched on, the tock of the spy hole cover lifted, the warden counts: one prisoner, two prisoners… the spy hole drops down, the light switched off. The warden moves off to the next cell; the click of the cell light… The prisoners either begin to wake or turn over and go back to sleep.

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Nick Danziger



Listen to Nick Danziger talking about his photographs to Ed Stourton on June 9th 2003 and read the webchat transcript.

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.

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