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OM²—Ordinary Moments+


With an Introduction by Michael Palin
This book of photography is the culmination of Basil Pao’s 20-year journey following Michael Palin.

For over 20 years, Basil Pao followed Michael Palin (and his BBC crew) around the world. He documented their journeys from the North to the South Pole and around the Pacific Rim. They retraced the footsteps of Hemingway, traversed deep into the Sahara, and trekked up and down across the Himalayas. They crisscrossed post-Iron Curtain Eastern Europe and surveyed Brazil from the Amazon to Iguazu Falls. OM²—Ordinary Moments+ is the distillation of the miles traveled and the tens of thousands of pictures captured. This anthology of 140 photographs illuminates the purity of Pao’s vision and contains some of the maestro’s favorite images—reaching back to “The Kiss” at Gorge du Verdon from 1978 to “The Ballerina” in Hong Kong from 2021.


280 pages | 140 color plates | 9 1/2 x 7

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