About Nigel Dickinson

Bio & CV

Nigel Dickinson, is a British born documentary photographer, photojournalist, portraitist and filmmaker working for over 30 years in the field. His work focuses on the environment, human condition, marginalized communities, sustainable development, identity and culture.

Graduating from Sheffield University in 1982 with a BA in Communications Arts, in photography and film, his photographic work on public protest ‘Demonstrate’ was exhibited at the Camerawork Gallery, London 1983. Then he spent several months photographing race and class, in apartheid South Africa, work exhibited and published in the UK national press

In the mid eighties his documentary about striking coal miners and their families during the Great Strike, "Hanging On By Your Fingernails", was published by Spokesman Press and toured by the Arts Council. Then based from Birmingham UK, Dickinson worked as a documentary and a freelance photographer for UK national press and magazines.

In the late eighties and early nineties, Dickinson produced photography campaigns in collaboration with Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace and Survival International. He made several trips across South East Asia, photographing indigenous peoples, documenting deforestation, and native blockades which earned him a bronze award from UNEP at the Rio Earth Summit, 1992. This work was published worldwide and premiered at Fotofeis Scotland. Dickinson joined the London based environmental photo-agency Still Pictures.

The ‘Road’ series, began in 1992, documented the UK Road Protest movement and was published and toured by the Arts Council in 1994. In 1993 Dickinson began his longterm documention of Roma Gypsies across Europe. A ten year work on the Gypsy pilgrimage at Saintes Maries de la Mer in France, “Sara. Le pelerinage des gitans” was published by Actes Sud in 2003, and premiered at Les Rencontres in Arles. 

During the nineties, working with NGO’s and magazines, he worked across the Balkans, covering refugees of war, diaspora and ethnic cleansing, in Bosnia, Kosovo and Montenegro. With Amnesty International he documented the aftermath of the Guatemalan civil war, street children across Central America, the Yanomami, the effects of El Niño and La Niña, climate change in the Amazon, Brazil and the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch in Honduras.

In 1996, he documented BSE in UK for Time Magazine and Still Pictures. The most important reportage photography about Mad Cows, Dickinson was awarded a World Press for News, 1997. Since then, he photographed the Meat industry across the world, and man's relationship to the beasts he kills and eats; this project, entitled "MEAT" was shortlisted for the European Publishers Award.

In 1999/2000 Dickinson covered the aftermath of the hurricanes which swept across France; an aerial photographic documentary of the devastation across French forests.

In 2000 Dickinson was awarded runner up in the Eugene Smith Award, for his longterm work on Roma across Europe. Parts of this work have since been exhibited by the European Union, shown at Visa Pour l'image, in the OSI documentary series 'Moving Walls', published in National Geographic Magazine, D Republicca, Mare, La Vanguardia, Figaro, Stern, L'Express and Geo. 

In the 21st century, Dickinson documented Sharia Islamic law in northern Nigeria, 2003; Cambodia's recycling waste industry and Smokey Mountain rubbish dump Phnom Penh 2006-2009; the Khmer sex industry; the rise of anti-gypsyism across Europe; Italian Roma ID cards in 2008 and the situation for Roma expelled from France, back to Romania and Bulgaria in 2010. In 2011 He has worked across Mexico, Central America and Colombia continuing the 'Roma Beyond Borders' project and photographing marginalized communities living with urban risk in Managua and Kingston.

In 2007, Dickinson directed two films about environment and energy issues: "Energy Today" for the International Energy Agency (IEA), Paris and "The Solar Power Village" for an NGO, Tamera Healing Biotope in Portugal. In 2011 Nigel Dickinson directed two films for the IFRC Red Cross "Urban Risk in Managua" & "Back Road", Kingston Jamaica.

In 2012 Dickinson photographed 'Gross National Happiness" in Bhutan, searched for the roots of the Roma Gypsies in Rajasthan northern India, and returned to Borneo several times between 2012 & 2016 Dickinson to revisit, film and photograph indigenous native people, the nomadic Penan and settled Dayaks, whom he photographed initially two decades before.

In 2016 Dickinson worked across the Americas, Texas and Mexico, photographing vast environmental and artistic construction projects, the Surui Indians in thre Brazil Amazon, and modern Cuba. Between 2012 and 2017 Dickinson has filmed a documentary about Roma music and culture.

Dickinson is based between Paris and London. He is also represented by Polaris in New York. He works as an editorial, and commercial photographer and filmmaker and on long term documentary projects across Europe, Asia and the Americas


'Critical Mass 2011' Photolucida and Blue Sky Solo Exhibition Awardee for Portand photo month 2012

'Railtrack in Cambodia' won the feature award at UK Press Photographers Year 2008.

‘Meat’ was shortlisted for the European Publishers award 2006. 

‘Roma Gypsies’ won runner up in the Eugene Smith Award 2000. 

‘Mad Cows UK’ won a World Press award in 1997. 

‘Deforestation’ took UNEP bronze prize at the Rio Earth Summit 1992. 


‘Hanging On By Your Fingernails’ about the Great Miners Strike 1984/5, published by Spokesman Press UK 1987. 

‘Sara. Le pelerinage des gitans’, the French Gypsy Pilgrimmage, by Actes Sud, France 2003. 


National Geographic Magazine, Figaro, Mare, Geo, Stern, Paris Match, D-Republicca, La Vanguardia, The New York Times. Marie Claire, Vogue, Spiegel, Focus, Time, Animan, Terre Sauvage, Grand Reportage, VSD, Newsweek, New Scientist, The Guardian, Sunday Times, The Independent, We Demain


Mazzota, Pearson, White Star, Laki, Hachette Filipacchi, Solar, Actes Sud, Spokesman Press, Trolley

Environment and Human Rights:

Greenpeace across South East Asia, Amnesty international in Centra America, Friends of the Earth in Borneo, The IAEA in Chernobyl, Oxfam in Honduras, Christian Aid in Africa, Children Direct in Bosnia, Ayuda en Accion in Honduras, The Red Cross and Crescent Societies in Bosnia and Honduras

Films: (Director)

'Energy Today' for The International Energy Agency IEA/OECD 2007

'The Solar Power Village' for Tamera 'Um Mondo Humanitario' 2007

'Urban Risk in Managua' for IFRC Red Cross 2011


‘Roma Beyond Borders’ Saintes Maries de la Mer May 2017
'Smokey Mountain & Recycling Phnom Penh’ Houston Fotofest 2016
'Roma Beyond Borders' Festival Humanitie Paris, France 2015
‘MEAT’ Roger Hiorns curator ‘History is Now’ Hayward Gallery London 2015
‘Roma and environmental portraits’ Encontros Festival Braga Portugal 2013
'Smokey Mountain' Denmark PhotoTriennale Odense 2012
'Forests' Noorderlicht 2012

'Retrospective' Kolga Tbilisi Photo, Georgia 2012

'Roma Beyond Borders' Darlington Gallery London 2012

'Roma-Sinti-Kali-Manush' Group show, Autograph, Rivington Place 2012

'Smokey Mountain' Photolucida Photomonth Blue Sky Gallery 2012

'Roma Beyond Borders' Venice Biennale, Roma Pavilion 2011

'Roma Beyond Borders' The Lighthouse Media Centre UK 2010

'Smokey Mountain' Jinyang China 2010

'Smokey Mountain' Kaunas festival Lithuania 2010

'Smokey Mountain' Lodz festival Poland 2010

'Road Twyford Down' Krakow Photo Month Poland 2010

'Roma Beyond Borders' TOPS Shenyang China 2008

'Roma Beyond Borders' Moving Walls Documentary Series 12, New York 2005

'Islamic Sharia Law Nigeria' Visa Pour L'Image 2003

'Sara. Le pelerinage des Gitans' Arles Rencontres International 2003

'Roma Kosovo War Exodus' Visa Pour L'Image 2000

'People and the Land' Staffordshire Art Project UK 1996

'Road UK' Wolverhampton Art Gallery UK 1994

'Living on the Periphery' Derby Photofestival 1993

'Deforestation and Land Rights' Fotofeis Scotland 1992

'Hanging By Your Fingernails' The Miners Strike, Lea Hall 1986

'Soweto Country Club' Redskins tour UK 1983

'Demonstrate' Camerawork London 1982


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