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Giles Duley

Paraplegic British Photojournalist Known for his Depiction of Humanitarian Issues & for his TED Talk "When a Reporter Becomes the Story"

 Giles Duley Biography

For ten years, Giles Duley worked as an editorial fashion and music photographer, working for such publications as GQ, Vogue, Esquire, Arena and Select Magazine. He photographed the likes of Kings of Leon, Oasis, Mariah Carey, The Black Crowes, Lenny Kravitz and Christian Bale. His portrait of Marilyn Manson was voted by Q Magazine as one of the “Greatest Rock Photographs Of All Time.”

However, in 2000, after having become increasingly disillusioned with celebrity culture and feeling unfulfilled, Duley famously “threw” his cameras from the window of a hotel and walked away from the industry. He left London and moved to Hastings where he searched to redefine himself, setting himself many personal challenges including completing the infamous Marathon des Sables (the world’s “hardest race”). Eventually, Duley found work as a full-time carer for Nick, a young man with profound autism. Their meeting was the start of a long and continuing friendship and, ironically, marked the beginning of Duley’s return to photography. Duley discovered that through documenting Nick’s life, he was able to obtain the appropriate support and care for him, and to give him a voice that had previously been unheard. Duley therefore decided to restart his photographic career, using his camera to document the lesser-known stories of human suffering and resilience.

In the following decade, Duley continued to work as a carer to fund trips to countries including Angola, Ukraine, South Sudan and Bangladesh. He photographed the work of non-government organisations (NGO) such as the Mines Advisory Group (MAG), Emergency, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and documented the lives and stories of people whom he describes as “not victims but victims of circumstance.” In 2010, Duley was nominated for an Amnesty International Media Award and he was a winner at the Prix de Paris in both 2010 and 2012.

In 2011, the opportunity arose for Duley to document two sides of the conflict in Afghanistan; to tell the stories of civilians injured in the fighting but also to record the experiences of men serving with the US 101st Airborne division. Duley was to “become the story” after he stepped on an Improved Explosive Device (IED) whilst on patrol. He never lost consciousness, aware that both his legs and his left-arm had been immediately blown away. As he recalls, “I could see bits of my legs and boxer shorts in the tree above and so I knew it didn’t look good.”

Duley spent the following year in and out of hospital, undergoing over 30 operations and spending 42 days in intensive care. On numerous occasions it was thought he would not survive. However, with his characteristic grit and determination, Duley did survive and resumed his photographic work less than 18 months later. His first assignment was a self-portrait which was selected for the 2012 Taylor Wessing Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. He has also had two exhibitions at the KK Gallery in London. In October 2012, Duley went back to Afghanistan to “finish the story I started.” His return was the subject of a documentary, "Walking Wounded: Return to the Frontline," which has since won the Association for International Broadcasting (AIB) Award for Best International Current Affairs Documentary (2013) and the Foreign Press Association (FPA) Award for TV Documentary Story of the Year (2013).

Duley has become renowned for his fighting spirit, humor and compassion. Despite losing three limbs, he continues to document humanitarian issues around the world including the consequences of conflicts, and has recently completed projects in Lebanon, Jordan and Italy. Duley has also become a popular speaker, delivering talks about his experiences and those of the people he has photographed to a range of audiences. He has spoken at national and international events, including the TEDx (London), 5x15 (London and Brighton), Chicago Ideas Week, Bellinzola Photofestival (Switzerland), Frontline Club (London), Borris House Festival (Ireland), It’s Nice That (London), Ottobock Conference (Birmingham), Hasselblad Conference (London) and Fabrica (Italy). His TEDx talk was voted one of the top ten TED talks of 2012 and he was recently invited as a keynote speaker at the Houses of Parliament. Duley also delivers workshops to photographers of all ages, and has started to work in radio and television. He has been featured on Radio 4’s Today Show, BBC’s HARDtalk and The One Show and Channel 4 News. Duley has also written articles for The Observer and been featured in Esquire, The Independent, The New York Times, The Times and Marie-Claire. In 2013, Duley became a Trustee for the Italian NGO Emergency and ambassador for Sir Bobby Charlton’s landmine charity Find A Better Way. He also won the May Chidiac Award for Bravery in Journalism and the AIB Founders Award for Outstanding Achievement, and was awarded an Honorary Masters degree in Photography from the University of Arts, Bournemouth as well as an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Photographic Society.

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  • “Inspirational,” “life-changing” and “humbling” are three adjectives commonly used to describe Duley’s talks. It is therefore perhaps unsurprising that he is in constant demand, both nationally and internationally, and that his TEDx talk was voted as one of the top ten overall TED talks of 2012. Duley talks with passion, humor and candor about his work as an award-winning documentary and humanitarian photographer, and of his own remarkable quest to rebuild his life and career after becoming a triple amputee whilst working in Afghanistan in 2011. Drawing on his own courageous journey and the stories of those he has photographed, Duley delivers a message of hope, and reminds us that with hard-work, determination and a positive attitude, anything is possible. He also inspires change through showing how each and every one of us can use our talents, skills and experience to make positive contributions to the lives of others and to the world. A masterful story-teller, Duley engages and captivates, providing any event with an unforgettable experience. Duley has spoken at numerous national and international events, including TEDx (London), 5x15 (London and Brighton), Chicago Ideas Week (USA), Bellinzola Photofestival (Switzerland), Frontline Club (London), Borris House Festival (Ireland), It’s Nice That (London), Ottobock Conference (Birmingham), Hasselblad Conference (London) and Fabrica (Italy). His TEDx talk was voted one of the top ten TED talks of 2012 and he was recently invited as a key-note speaker at the Houses of Parliament. He has also been featured on Radio 4’s Today Show, BBC’s HARDtalk and The One Show and Channel 4 News. Duley tailors his talks to his audience and is able to speak with clients from a range of ages, backgrounds and professions. Duley speaks in English but is comfortable working with interpreters having given talks in Switzerland and Italy. Duley enjoys using photographs in his talks and has sometimes included clips from the documentary in which he was featured, "Walking Wounded: Return To The Frontline." However, he is also comfortable to talk without the use of media. Previous talks have covered the following topics: • Overcoming adversity • Inspiring change • Becoming the story

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 Giles Duley Biography

For ten years, Giles Duley worked as an editorial fashion and music photographer, working for such publications as GQ, Vogue, Esquire, Arena and Select Magazine. He photographed the likes of Kings of Leon, Oasis, Mariah Carey, The Black Crowes, Lenny Kravitz and Christian Bale. His portrait of Marilyn Manson was voted by Q Magazine as one of the “Greatest Rock Photographs Of All Time.”

However, in 2000, after having become increasingly disillusioned with celebrity culture and feeling unfulfilled, Duley famously “threw” his cameras from the window of a hotel and walked away from the industry. He left London and moved to Hastings where he searched to redefine himself, setting himself many personal challenges including completing the infamous Marathon des Sables (the world’s “hardest race”). Eventually, Duley found work as a full-time carer for Nick, a young man with profound autism. Their meeting was the start of a long and continuing friendship and, ironically, marked the beginning of Duley’s return to photography. Duley discovered that through documenting Nick’s life, he was able to obtain the appropriate support and care for him, and to give him a voice that had previously been unheard. Duley therefore decided to restart his photographic career, using his camera to document the lesser-known stories of human suffering and resilience.

In the following decade, Duley continued to work as a carer to fund trips to countries including Angola, Ukraine, South Sudan and Bangladesh. He photographed the work of non-government organisations (NGO) such as the Mines Advisory Group (MAG), Emergency, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and documented the lives and stories of people whom he describes as “not victims but victims of circumstance.” In 2010, Duley was nominated for an Amnesty International Media Award and he was a winner at the Prix de Paris in both 2010 and 2012.

In 2011, the opportunity arose for Duley to document two sides of the conflict in Afghanistan; to tell the stories of civilians injured in the fighting but also to record the experiences of men serving with the US 101st Airborne division. Duley was to “become the story” after he stepped on an Improved Explosive Device (IED) whilst on patrol. He never lost consciousness, aware that both his legs and his left-arm had been immediately blown away. As he recalls, “I could see bits of my legs and boxer shorts in the tree above and so I knew it didn’t look good.”

Duley spent the following year in and out of hospital, undergoing over 30 operations and spending 42 days in intensive care. On numerous occasions it was thought he would not survive. However, with his characteristic grit and determination, Duley did survive and resumed his photographic work less than 18 months later. His first assignment was a self-portrait which was selected for the 2012 Taylor Wessing Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. He has also had two exhibitions at the KK Gallery in London. In October 2012, Duley went back to Afghanistan to “finish the story I started.” His return was the subject of a documentary, "Walking Wounded: Return to the Frontline," which has since won the Association for International Broadcasting (AIB) Award for Best International Current Affairs Documentary (2013) and the Foreign Press Association (FPA) Award for TV Documentary Story of the Year (2013).

Duley has become renowned for his fighting spirit, humor and compassion. Despite losing three limbs, he continues to document humanitarian issues around the world including the consequences of conflicts, and has recently completed projects in Lebanon, Jordan and Italy. Duley has also become a popular speaker, delivering talks about his experiences and those of the people he has photographed to a range of audiences. He has spoken at national and international events, including the TEDx (London), 5x15 (London and Brighton), Chicago Ideas Week, Bellinzola Photofestival (Switzerland), Frontline Club (London), Borris House Festival (Ireland), It’s Nice That (London), Ottobock Conference (Birmingham), Hasselblad Conference (London) and Fabrica (Italy). His TEDx talk was voted one of the top ten TED talks of 2012 and he was recently invited as a keynote speaker at the Houses of Parliament. Duley also delivers workshops to photographers of all ages, and has started to work in radio and television. He has been featured on Radio 4’s Today Show, BBC’s HARDtalk and The One Show and Channel 4 News. Duley has also written articles for The Observer and been featured in Esquire, The Independent, The New York Times, The Times and Marie-Claire. In 2013, Duley became a Trustee for the Italian NGO Emergency and ambassador for Sir Bobby Charlton’s landmine charity Find A Better Way. He also won the May Chidiac Award for Bravery in Journalism and the AIB Founders Award for Outstanding Achievement, and was awarded an Honorary Masters degree in Photography from the University of Arts, Bournemouth as well as an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Photographic Society.

  • “Inspirational,” “life-changing” and “humbling” are three adjectives commonly used to describe Duley’s talks. It is therefore perhaps unsurprising that he is in constant demand, both nationally and internationally, and that his TEDx talk was voted as one of the top ten overall TED talks of 2012. Duley talks with passion, humor and candor about his work as an award-winning documentary and humanitarian photographer, and of his own remarkable quest to rebuild his life and career after becoming a triple amputee whilst working in Afghanistan in 2011. Drawing on his own courageous journey and the stories of those he has photographed, Duley delivers a message of hope, and reminds us that with hard-work, determination and a positive attitude, anything is possible. He also inspires change through showing how each and every one of us can use our talents, skills and experience to make positive contributions to the lives of others and to the world. A masterful story-teller, Duley engages and captivates, providing any event with an unforgettable experience. Duley has spoken at numerous national and international events, including TEDx (London), 5x15 (London and Brighton), Chicago Ideas Week (USA), Bellinzola Photofestival (Switzerland), Frontline Club (London), Borris House Festival (Ireland), It’s Nice That (London), Ottobock Conference (Birmingham), Hasselblad Conference (London) and Fabrica (Italy). His TEDx talk was voted one of the top ten TED talks of 2012 and he was recently invited as a key-note speaker at the Houses of Parliament. He has also been featured on Radio 4’s Today Show, BBC’s HARDtalk and The One Show and Channel 4 News. Duley tailors his talks to his audience and is able to speak with clients from a range of ages, backgrounds and professions. Duley speaks in English but is comfortable working with interpreters having given talks in Switzerland and Italy. Duley enjoys using photographs in his talks and has sometimes included clips from the documentary in which he was featured, "Walking Wounded: Return To The Frontline." However, he is also comfortable to talk without the use of media. Previous talks have covered the following topics: • Overcoming adversity • Inspiring change • Becoming the story

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Please Note: All American Speakers Bureau acts only as an entertainment broker/producer for corporate functions, private engagements and special events. All American Speakers Bureau does not claim or represent itself as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Giles Duley or any artists or celebrities on this website.

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials and endorsements.

Profiles listed on this website are provided as a resource to our clients, which are meeting and event planners and other buyers of talent in order to provide them with the widest variety and selection of available talent. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read about the All American Speakers Bureau Advantage.

Due to the volume of emails and calls we receive, we can no longer respond to inquiries related to any of the following:

  • Schedules of upcoming public appearances
  • Contact info for artists or requests to forward messages.
  • Artist's TV, stage or film projects or representation
  • Media requests for print, radio or TV interviews.
  • Any inquiry not related to hiring talent for paid engagements

Related Tags: Find top-rated keynote speakers, corporate entertainers and famous personalities like Giles Duley. Find information on booking Giles Duley for appearances, speaking engagements and endorsements. Your source for booking agency and speaker bureau contact info, as well as how to contact a celebrity talent booking agent that can book Giles Duley, list of similar top-rated speakers for hire, what is the cost to book a top 10 motivational speaker, musician, comedian or famous athlete like Giles Duley.

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