An ill-fated sojourn through Tijuana, Mexico, on the way to New York City results in a sharp turn towards Asia and a rollercoaster journey through the world of photojournalism. Nicky Almasy recounts his fascinating story, including a decade in China documenting Shanghai’s jazz scene, exploring the malaria-stricken hinterlands of Cambodia and accompanying renowned Hungarian musician Both Miklos on his travels through Asia.
Recycling Reality explores the pleasures and the pitfalls of frenetically trying to capture the world through a camera lens, and the debilitating effect of travelling 150,000 km annually, while telling a myrad stories of culture, art and heritage across East Asia. The book also examines whether travel is the ultimate escape or an invitation to burn-out, and whether it is possible to detach ourselves from our own past.
Award-winning photographer and filmmaker Nicky Almasy has been living and working in Asia since 2005, concentrating on architecture, culture, art and heritage. In Shanghai he was commissioned to shoot the second tallest building of the world, the Shanghai Tower, and was the construction photographer on the project for five consecutive years. His first book, Hudec, on architect Laszlo Hudec, was published in 2017 and was followed by a biography of another Hungarian architect, Karoly Gonda, published in 2019. His work on architecture won two photography awards, one for ENR and in 2012 and 2016 for Arcaid. He has also worked with various international publications such as WHERE, The Financial Times and the Daily Mail, and his photos have been featured on the covers of over fifty magazines. Nicky was also AirAsia’s official photojournalist for the Travel360 inflight magazine for 5 consecutive years.