Dan Eldon (1970-1993)

Artist Summary

Dan Eldon‘s photographs present an honest and dynamic look at war torn Somalia in the early 1990s. Dan returned to Somalia multiple times in 1993, documenting the deteriorating relationships between the Somali people and the US military as the country spiraled into a bloody civil war. He was killed along with three other photojournalists while on assignment in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1993.  Price Range: $250 – $3,000

Full Biography

Dan Eldon 1970-1993

Dan Eldon was born in London on September 18, 1970. When Dan was seven years old, he and his three-year-old sister Amy moved to Nairobi, Kenya with their parents, Kathy and Mike Eldon. In Kenya, Dan attended a British school, but then convinced his parents to transfer him to the International School in Kenya, attended by students representing 42 nationalities.

In 1982, Dan narrowly missed being caught up in the coup in Kenya, but he was around to experience the aftermath of that political upheaval. Early on, he joined his journalist mother on her assignments, and soon was taking pictures, which were used in the local newspapers.

Dan started helping others from a young age. When he was 14, he started a fundraising campaign for open-heart surgery to save the life of a young Kenyan girl.

Dan graduated from the International School of Kenya in 1988, winning the International Relations and Community Service awards, as well as being voted most outstanding student by his classmates. He addressed his class, emphasizing the importance of crossing cultural barriers and caring for others.

Throughout his life, Dan was fortunate in being able to travel extensively, and had visited 46 countries by the time of his death.

A few years later, Dan organized Student Transport Aid with friends, who raised $17,000 to benefit survivors of the civil war in Malawi. The friends, representing six countries, met in Nairobi and traveled thousands of miles together in three vehicles to their destination, a refugee camp in Malawi. There, they donated one of their vehicles to the Save the Children Fund, as well as money for three wells, and blankets for a children’s hospital.

During the summer of 1992, the famine in Somalia was raging. Dan flew from Kenya to the southern Somali town of Baidoa, where he shot some of his first pictures to touch the conscience of millions. The international news agency, Reuters, spotted his work, and by Christmas, Dan was working for the company, shooting the increasingly desperate situation.

Throughout the spring of 1993, Dan stayed in Mogadishu, both horrified and fascinated by the violence and tragedy he recorded. During this time, Dan’s pictures were featured in newspapers and magazines around the world. On June 12, 1993, his photo made a double-page spread in Newsweek magazine, as well as the covers on papers everywhere. At 22, Dan Eldon’s safari came to a sudden end. However, he left behind seventeen black-bound journals filled with drawings, writings and photographs…vivid collages that chronicle a child’s journey into manhood and a lifelong struggle with the forces of good and evil.

While Dan’s photos are works of journalism, his journals are works of art…a celebration of adventure and a testament of desire to live life to its fullest. Now, through his art, the film The Journey is the Destination, sense of adventure and creative activism, his journey continues.

Exhibition Overview

“The Journey is the Destination” showcases an honest and dynamic look at war torn Somalia in the early 1990s through the lens of photographer, Dan Eldon, killed with three other photojournalists while on assignment in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1993. Dan was twenty-two years old.

Dan’s initial photographs of a little-known Somali famine triggered an international aid response, resulting in “Operation Restore Hope,” which saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of Somalis. Excited by the power of his images to ignite action, Dan returned to Somalia multiple times in 1993, documenting the deteriorating relationships between the Somali people and the US military as the country spiraled into a bloody civil war. Dan’s searing photographs appeared in Time and Newsweek magazines and countless news outlets during his short but impactful career, and were later featured in three illustrated books published by Chronicle Books and a New York gallery dedicated to his work. “The Journey is the Destination” images reveal how Dan used photography to ignite greater awareness of social issues, a concept that inspired Creative Visions Foundation, which supports “creative activists” on five continents who use media and the arts for social impact.

FILM SCREENING

Special Screening of

The Journey is the Destination

1 hr. 59 min.

2 PM on Sunday, May 7th, 2017 at

Famous PEOPLE Players

A Film Directed by Bronwen Hughes

OPENING RECEPTION

Opening Reception for

“The Journey is the Destination” Special Exhibition

at Artworld Fine Art Gallery

Sunday, May 7th, 2017

5 pm

RSVP by May 4th

FILM TRAILER

Exhibition Preview

A sampling of photographs which will be available in the upcoming exhibition. Complete selection will be available by May 1, 2017.

IN ATTENDANCE

We are very pleased to have in attendance at the Film Screening and the Opening Reception, the following …

KATHY ELDON

Journalist, Author, Producer, Activist

Kathy Eldon is a journalist, author, producer, activist but most importantly, mother to two amazing children, Dan and Amy Eldon. Her life changed drastically in July of 1993, when her son Dan Eldon, a Reuters photographer was stoned to death in Somalia, Africa at the age of 22, by an angry mob reacting to the UN bombing raid on the suspected headquarters of warlord General Aideed. He was 22. Kathy’s journey has been shaped by this tragedy and transformed by what she has created in its aftermath. She has turned a personal tragedy that would have broken most people into a life-inspiring lesson for humanity. Kathy and her remarkable daughter Amy, are models of compassion, hope and forgiveness in a world too often filled with hatred, revenge and bitterness. In 1993, inspired by Dan Kathy founded Creative Visions Foundation providing tools, resources, ,mentorship and community to help everyone use the power of media and arts to build social movements an impact the world.

BRONWEN HUGHES

Director & Writer

Bronwen Hughes is a New York and Hollywood-based film director of Canadian and British origin. The Journey is the Destination is her fourth feature film. Her previous films include Forces of Nature (Dreamworks), Harriet the Spy (Paramount), and Stander, nominated for Best Director at the 25th Genie Awards. For television, Hughes has directed world-renowned shows including Breaking Bad (AMC), Hung (HBO), L-Word (Showtime) and the pilot episodes of White Collar, Fairly Legal, and Motive.

MARTIN KATZ

Producer

Martin Katz is Founder and President of Prospero Pictures. One of the most prolific feature film producers in Canada, Martin’s credits include Hotel Rwanda, which was nominated for three Academy Awards and three Golden Globe Awards, four features with celebrated director David Cronenberg, including Spider, A Dangerous Method, Cosmopolis and Maps to the Stars, and Bronwen Hughes’ Stander, which the London Observer called “the greatest heist film since Reservoir Dogs.” Martin’s television project Spectacle: Elvis Costello With… is an Award-winning series co-produced with Rocket Pictures and his series Ice Road Truckers is among History Channel’s highest-rated-shows. Martin holds degrees in law from the University of Toronto and the Université de Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne). He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, a Director of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship and Chair of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.

KWEKU MANDELA AMUAH

Producer

Kweku is a partner and president of Out of Africa Entertainment, and the co-founder of the Africa Rising Foundation. His responsibilities within Out of Africa Entertainment include developing a wide range of Film and Television production content, which entails forging strategic partnerships, nurturing new talent, and building relationships in the international film market. He’s produced many notable films and documentaries, including The Bang Bang Club (2010), Inescapable (2012), Lucky (2011), and his latest project, Madiba (2016).

GUGUN DEEP SINGH

Actor, Writer, Producer

Gugun Deep Singh was born in North York and largely raised in Mississauga, Ontario before his family relocated to California. He goes back and forth between Toronto and Los Angeles for his work as an actor, writer, producer, and bon vivant. An interruption of his pre-medical program resulted in his enrollment at notable theatre conservatories in Chicago and New York, getting cast in Off-Broadway theatre roles, and his eventual pursuit of film work in Los Angeles, all while honing his craft with master teachers and being cast in lead or featured roles within regional theatre.

The past few years have been a busy time for Gugun Deep, earning his shots to work with world-class film directors while also booking recurring roles for television. He appeared as ‘Mo Shaffi’ the gentle-yet-stalwart Reuters journalist and surrogate father to Dan Eldon (played by Ben Schnetzer) in Bronwen Hughes’ The Journey is the Destination, with Maria Bello, Kelly Macdonald, Ella Purnell and Sam Hazeldine. The film’s TIFF Gala world premiere at Roy Thomson Hall was a late highlight of the festival, and the film enjoyed packed houses during its US premiere at SBIFF earlier this year.

VIDEOS

Oprah highlights photojournalist Dan Eldon’s journey and how mom, Kathy Eldon, and sister, Amy Eldon Turteltaub keep his legacy alive.

The Journey is the Destination – TIFF 2016 – Interview with Kathy Eldon

ARTICLES

Dan Eldon – Photojournalist

A selection of photos of Dan on location in Somalia and other locales.