This photographic essay captures a decades-long partnership between Michael Palin Basil Pao and their world travels. More than 200 pages of photographs have been selected from 11 previously published books in connection with Michael Palin’s highly successful television series for the BBC where he traveled from the North to the South Pole in Pole to Pole; circumnavigated the Pacific Rim in Full Circle; retraced the footsteps of his hero Ernest in Hemingway Adventure; crossed the greatest desert in Sahara; traversed the world’s highest mountain range in Himalaya; explored newly independent post-Soviet countries in New Europe and most recently, a journey through Brazil.
Hong Kong-born photographer Basil Pao accompanied Michael on these epic journeys, documenting the action for the books that accompanied each of the series. Around the World in 8000 Days is a selection of images representing some of the most memorable moments in their 24 years of travelling the world together.
The multi-talented Michael Palin established his reputation as a founding member of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, whose television series, films and the individual creative efforts of its cast altered the course of comedy and influenced generations of writers, artists and filmmakers all over the world. In 1988, with the BBC series Around the World in 80 Days, Michael also began to change the face of the TV travel format.
Basil Pao began his photographic career in 1980 on his return to Hong Kong after ten years in the United States, where he was art director for Atlantic Records and Album Graphics Inc. In New York and Warner Brothers records in Los Angeles. In addition to the books named above, he is also author of Hands, China Revealed and Yijing-Book of Changes, which accompanied his Great Walls of China series. Basil Pao’s work has appeared in publications and exhibitions around the world.
205 pages; 100+ color photos
(c) 2013, Studio 8 Editions for and on behalf of Hong Kong Maritime Museum
27.5cm x 26.5cm