Photographer Basil Pao has captured thousands of photos as the broadcaster criss-crossed the globe for his TV shows – the pair first working together in 1988.

Pao’s images are set to go on show at the Royal Geographical Society from 3 December.

Michael Palin said: ‘Basil is one of the finest still photographers in the business and has become indispensable on my journeys.

‘He loves good food and drink, takes lots of amazing photographs, and wears a straw hat everywhere, ensuring that I never lose sight of the film crew.’

Dr Rita Gardner, director of the Royal Geographical Society, added: ‘We are delighted that Basil has chosen to exhibit his work at the Society – not only is this a very fitting way to celebrate Michael’s contribution as the Society president over the past three years, but also a natural fit with our own rich photographic collections which span the history of travel and exploration since the invention of photography.’

The exhibition, Travels with Michael Palin, runs at the Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR from 3 December-25 January 2013.

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