George Gittoes is an artist, film-maker, humanitarian: photos, video

Desiree Savage
Updated October 25 2016 - 1:22pm, first published October 22 2016 - 9:00am

George Gittoes’ new book describes him as “equal parts artist and warrior”. In its pages you will read how he worked with Andy Warhol, dined with Fidel Castro, plotted with Julian Assange, was feted by Nelson Mandela, blessed by Mother Teresa and threatened to be beheaded by the Taliban.

You’ll never meet anyone tougher than me, they may look tough but they haven’t been through 40 wars and been imprisoned, tortured. I’m a soft person but I can endure a lot.

Don’t mistake George Gittoes for a hippie surfer because of his long hair. While he does surf, the lengthy locks are so he’s not mistaken for a CIA agent. Seriously.

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Desiree Savage

Desiree Savage

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