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Renowned Photographer ready to say ‘Jambo’ to Shropshire Audiences.

It may be a million miles from rural Shropshire but the majesty of Africa is coming to the county later this year.  Respected photographer Harry Hook will be bringing breath-taking images of the amazing continent to Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn this October when he will share photographs and memories of his time amongst the African people.  

The world class photographer and film director spent his childhood in Kenya and Sudan, growing up amidst their diverse people and cultures. Photography is his passion and he has been filming and photographing the continent for over 40 years.

Audiences can expect an unforgettable evening of extraordinary stories, stunning photographs and unique film footage. Harry’s talk will focus on the epic story of Africa’s people and charts their inspiring journey from rural homes to the growing urban towns and cities of today. For those who wish to understand and learn more about Africa, the evening will offer valuable insights from someone who has experienced the culture first hand. 

As a photographer, Harry has been cited as a personal favourite of author Alexander McCall Smith and has seen his work used extensively in Newspapers and Magazines around the world. He has worked in film and documentary making, and has recently working with Joanna Lumley to document the plight of the Orang-utans, as well as working with Griff Rhys Jones on the documentary ‘Kipling – A Remembrance Tale’.

Harry’s current project is intriguing to say the least, titled ‘The Obama Wear’ the project came about quite by chance when the photographer offered a lift to a Masai elder. Harry noticed a familiar name on the man's beanie. ‘Obama’. And the project was born, Harry has spent the last seven years seeking out everything similarly emblazoned – from T-shirts to sarongs to branded underpants – worn by people of all ages and ethnicities across nine African countries. A selection of the images will also be on show at the October date. 

Venue spokesman Pip Bayley said ‘We are very honoured to have Harry with us at Theatre Severn. His work is simply beautiful. He very much focuses on the people of Africa, and it’s apparent that each photograph holds a fascinating story. To be able to hear those stories from Harry himself is a wonderful opportunity not to be missed.’

Harry Hook’s talk ‘About Africa’ will be at Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn on Friday 14th October. Tickets are available by visiting the venues website or by contacting the Box Office on 01743 281 281.