Jeremy Hunter is a world-renowned UNESCO award-winning photo-journalist who has taken photographs in some of the world’s most hostile environments, as well as a writer, presenter and speaker on global issues.
Jeremy Hunter began his career in advertising as a television creative, working for the likes of Young and Rubicam, Leo Burnett, Ogilvy and Bates, winning a number of international awards in New York, Venice, Cannes and Los Angeles.
During this time, he worked with some of Britain’s most iconic film directors including John Schlesinger, Tony Scott, Ken Russell, Dick Lester, Richard Loncraine and Nic Roeg, as well as Oscar-winning editor Jim Clark and photographer Terence Donovan.
Jeremy is now a highly sought-after keynote speaker, touching upon his experiences as a photo-journalist.
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Over the past four decades, Jeremy Hunter has divided his time between a career in television and a career in photo-journalism.
When the miners’ strike of 1975 negatively affected the advertising industry, Jeremy joined the NIR-TV station based in Tehran, Iran, as a foreign correspondent. It was during this time he reported extensively on events such as the civil war in Lebanon, the democratic elections in Portugal, the coronation of the cannibal ‘emperor’ Jean-Bedel Bokassa in the Central African Empire, the uprising in India and the assassination of Indira Gandhi. Due to civil unrest, Jeremy returned to the UK in 1979, becoming an onscreen news reporter for Granada Reports, followed by a stint as a writer and producer for the BBC and then for Channel 4.
Due to his extensive travelling to over 70 countries, Jeremy released a number of books containing his photograph including Let’s Celebrate – Myth and Narrative, Let’s Celebrate – Tibet and Let’s Celebrate – 365. It was this latter book that showed off the world’s festivals and celebrations; the book was then turned into a touring photography exhibition.
His photographs have been featured in His photographs have been featured in the likes of Bunte, Conde Nast Traveller, The Daily Telegraph, The Economist, Epocea, The Guardian, Mail on Sunday, Panorama, The Sunday Telegraph and Vanity Fair.
His photographs have won him several awards including:
– 2001: Sunday Telegraph Travel Photographer of the Year
– 2001: Daily Telegraph Travel Photographer of the Year
– 2005: Association of Photographers Best Single for “Daily Life”
– 2005: Best News Photographer of the Year “Work” Award
– 2009: UNESCO/HPA Nomination Award for “Tribes of the Omo Valley”
– 2011: UNESCO/HPA Documentary Award for “Nagaland”
His work has been exhibited at Asia House Gallery London, the Atlas Gallery, the Center for Fine Art Photography in Colardo, the Festival des Voyages in France, the Mayor of London’s Office, the Photography Show, Rencontres Photographiques du Genevois in Geneva and the Stamford Arts Centre.
Jeremy is now a popular keynote speaker and has appeared at festivals, schools and industry societies. He has spoken at the Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival, Stowe School, Royal Geographical Society, the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, The Houses of Parliament, NATO, Royal Society of Asian Affairs, Heritage Hundred Society, Pleasance Theatre, Jermyn St Theatre, Phoenix Film and Digital Media Centre and Cardiff University, amongst others, including over 100 independent schools such as Eton and Winchester.
Eye Witness Ukraine: The 2022 invasion of Ukraine sent shockwaves around the world. Jeremy was one of a number of brave reporters who put themselves in the middle of the battle in order to report the correct news. He provides front-line videos and images from both a Ukrainian and Russian perspective, plus his own experiences and what he hopes for the future.
North Korea Exposed: Daily Life in the Hermit Kingdom: Jeremy was invited to enter North Korea just before the death of Kim Jong-il and wrote a record of daily life in the state. He uses this diary as well as his own photographs, to shine a light into one of the most unknown countries in the world.
Dictators, Despots and Tyrants in the Contemporary World: In this talk, Jeremy talks about infamous dictators including the Romanians Nicolai and Elena Ceausescu, Ethiopia’s Colonel Haile Mariam Mengistu, Uganda’s Field Marshall Idi Amin and the leader of North Korea, Kim John-un.
The Brooks – Travels Through the Slave Routes; and the Atlantic Slave Trade 1440-1838: Slavery and BLM is one of the most powerful narratives in the world at the moment, thanks to the killing of George Floyd in 2020, and the world has woken up to centuries-old events that have largely been ignored by history. Thanks to an assignment in Benin, Jeremy was shocked by what he was hearing about how the country was used as a slave route. This talk takes a wider look at the reasons behind the slave trade, and touched upon some difficult opinions.
Tribes: Exploring the DNA of the World’s Cultures Through their Rituals and Celebration: TRIBES is a photographic exploration of the beliefs and faiths of the world’s cultures and provides an insight into how we can respect these cultures.
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Jeremy Hunter Clients: Defence & Society Forum, Cunard, Honourable Artillery Company, NATO Intelligence Fusion Centre, P&O, Royal Air Force, RSAA, Scots Guards, UNESCO, UK Parliament, United States Africa Command, Emirates Airline, Ashville School, Bromsgrove School, Canford, University of South Wales, Eton College, Fettes College, Hampton School, King’s College School, Oundle School, Leicester Grammar School, St John’s International School, Sevenoaks School, The Leys.
So moved by your extraordinary talk. Your trip to the war zone [of Ukraine] was beyond brave, but the overwhelming message was that of resilience, bravery, and fight of the Ukrainians you met. Your stories hurt our hearts, Thank you for making a difference. Ensuring the rest of the world understands what is happening.
I really did think the experience – in the most profound sense of the word – of these sometimes harrowing, always beautiful and poignant images, accompanies by your scrupulous worldwide erudition on the cultures, ranked for me with Edward Curtis (1868-1952) photographer of the American West and of Native American peoples.
James Thackera: US Author and Director/Survival International, Frontline Club
A talk not to be missed.
Emirates Literary Festival, Dubai
Exceptionally informative and eye-opening talk.
Insightful and brilliantly researched presentation.
St. John’s International School, Brussels
A tour de force. If you are unfamiliar with North Korea your eyes will have been opened in an extraordinary way.
Lord David Alton, Chair APPG, UK Parliament
Thank you for the talk. Boys and colleagues have commented this morning on how much they enjoyed it and how much they learned. I hope you’ll consider returning to present it again.
A fascinating and revealing talk. So full of facts and figures and brilliantly illustrated enabling a very lively Q and A afterwards.
Heritage Hundred Society
Thank you so much for delivering such a fine presentation. I have had some incredibly positive feedback this morning from pupils and parents alike. Thanks for preparing it so thoroughly and delivering it so professionally.
We welcomed back renowned and award-winning photo-journalist Jeremy Hunter to talk on TRIBES. We were treated to an explosion of colour, culture and festivity as Jeremy explored the pulse of the world’s diversity through his pictures. We were treated to a journey of breath-taking and powerful photographs which really caste into relief our fascinating differences as a species.
The King’s School, Canterbury