For our March talk, we’re extremely excited to welcome Jeremy Nicholl to PhotoForum. An award-winning photojournalist, his archive of work from Russia and the Former Soviet Union chronicles some of the most momentous and important changes in modern political history, and his current video project – in which Jeremy himself is the subject – gives us a deeply personal insight into a difficult topic.
Born in Belfast, Jeremy Nicholl was inspired to become a photographer by a combination of his school library’s collection of Picture Post magazines, and seeing the news coverage surrounding his teenage years during The Troubles in 1970s Northern Ireland printed in newspapers – especially the Sunday Times and Observer.
He later moved to London, and in the early 1980s began freelancing – knocking on Fleet Street doors that no longer exist and offering material on spec. He was soon offered shifts with The Times, and then moved to work regularly for the Sunday Times. In 1986 he was offered a contract as a founding photographer on a new national daily newspaper, The Independent, where he worked for two years before leaving to concentrate on freelance magazine work. In 1989, he went to Russia and forgot to come back.
Jeremy will be showing photographs from Chechnya, Chernobyl and other parts of Russia and the Former Soviet Union, and then several episodes of a current work in progress, his video documentary series ‘My Beautiful Cancer’.