Richard Young is This Year's Speaker at Grays of Westminster's Christmas Dinner at the IoD

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  • (1888PressRelease) December 01, 2014 - London - Grays of Westminster, the London-based, multi-award winning exclusively Nikon camera shop, is proud to announce that the speaker for its prestigious Christmas Evening this year is Richard Young, who is currently celebrating his 40 years of photography.

    The dinner, now in its 7th year, will be held in the magnificent Regency Restaurant at the Institute of Directors (IoD) at 116 Pall Mall, London from 6.30pm on Friday 5th December 2014. After the meal, Richard Young, one of the most remarkable social documentary photographers of our time, will present his extraordinary images from a monumental career spanning forty years.

    The itinerary for the evening is as follows:

    - Date: Friday, December 5th, 2014

    - Venue: Institute of Directors (IoD), 116 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5ED

    - Champagne Reception: 6.30 p.m. Introduction and Welcome

    - Dinner: 7.15 p.m.

    - Richard Young's Presentation in the morning room: 9.15 p.m.

    - Cost of the evening: £155 per ticket.

    In addition to the dinner and talk, there will be a special Nikon prize draw included in the price of the ticket: a chance to win a pair of Nikon high-grade binoculars worth £450.00 complete with case, courtesy of Nikon UK!

    The IoD is a grand Grade I listed Regency building and its sweeping marble staircase and vast walls covered in 18th and 19th century canvases provides a spectacular backdrop for the evening; the period restaurant at the IoD is a most fitting venue for this elegant, traditional Christmas celebration.

    About Richard Young
    "Richard Young is one of the most important photographers of the 20th Century." Lord Snowdon.

    Richard's body of work contains a wealth of iconic images from a distinguished range of famous subjects, from Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, from Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Junior to Tom Cruise, Princess Diana and Jackie Onassis. Over the years, he has covered the Cannes Film Festival and the Oscars in Los Angeles, as well as visiting orphanages in Romania with Michael Jackson and accompanying United States troops to Iraq.

    In 2012, Richard was presented with the Ischia Art Award at the Ischia Global Film and Music Festival in Italy, and in the same year was featured as the subject of a four-part Sky Arts Documentary: Celebrity Exposed: The Photography of Richard Young. In 2013, he was awarded Le Prix Champagne de la Joie de Vivre, and later in the year, an Honorary Fellowship and the title Honorary Doctor in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Field of Photography from The University of The Arts London.

    About Grays of Westminster
    Grays of Westminster, located in central London, a short distance from the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and Knightsbridge, was founded almost thirty years ago by Gray Levett with the idea of creating a world-class camera store, which would offer a service that was second to none. Grays of Westminster is to many photographers not just a camera-shop but an institution, one that has attracted customers from all over the world and from all walks of life. It evolved from a modest mail order company in the mid-1980s to its present, highly-respected position in the photographic industry with over 47,000 customers world-wide, that have included the legendary film-director, Stanley Kubrick, David Suchet, best-known in his role as Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie's famous sleuth, Lord Snowdon, world-famous National Geographic photographer Jim Brandenburg, Rod Stewart, and the late 1960s' icon Terence Donovan.

    Now in its 7th year, the Grays of Westminster Christmas Evening at the IoD has become a staple event in London's photographic calendar. Previous distinguished speakers include Neil Lucas, former producer of the BBC's world renowned Natural History Unit for over 20 years, Mike Maloney OBE, the UK's most decorated press photographer, Julian Calder, one of the world's best portrait photographers, well known for having recently been commissioned to take official portraits of Her Majesty The Queen and HRH Prince Philip, and Jim Brandenburg, one of the world's greatest living nature photographers.

    For more information, please contact:
    Gillian Greenwood
    Grays of Westminster
    40 Churton Street
    SW1V 2LP
    +44 (0)20 7828 4925
    info ( @ ) graysofwestminster dot co dot uk

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