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A biographical sketch of Tor Eigeland
Tor Eigeland, Norwegian-born, has lived in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Lebanon. For twenty years he made his home in Spain, a country he first saw as a 16-year old sailor when his ship called at Barcelona on its way to Shanghai. Eigeland now works out of his home in Southwest France.
Educated in Norway, at McGill University in Canada, the University of the Americas in Mexico, and at the School of Photojournalism of the University of Miami, Eigeland has an unusually broad education, speaks four languages fluently and gets along in four other languages, including Arabic.
A writer as well as a photographer, Tor Eigeland's work has been published widely and successfully around the world for years. Among many others, he has worked on ten book projects for the National Geographic Society as a writer and photographer.
Some of the many outlets for his work include: FORTUNE, TIME, NEWSWEEK, READER'S DIGEST, NATURAL HISTORY, HARPERS & QUEEN, THE SMITHSONIAN, RUTAS DEL MUNDO, THE NEW YORK TIMES SUNDAY TRAVEL SECTION, EMIRATES, ENTRÉE and SAUDI ARAMCO WORLD.
Late in 1987, on assignment for ARAMCO WORLD, Eigeland traveled the entire Silk Road from Istanbul to China, mostly by train and bus. He was then among only a few hundred people in history to have travelled the whole length by land. He has also spent a considerable amount of time with the Bedouin in Saudi Arabia's Empty Quarter and with the Tarahumara Indians of Mexico.
Eigeland has completed several assignments for the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELER on subjects such as Monuments of the Nile, the Tulips of Holland, the Fjords of Norway, the Moorish cities of Andalusia.
Eigeland stories in a totally different vein have been on the Basque terrorist organization ETA, the geopolitical importance of the Strait of Hormuz, Spain as a trampoline for the narcotics trade, AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa, and Rod Hackney, the famous British community architect. Others included a study on virgin rain forest in Borneo which was eventually published in six different countries, a story on Oman as a new travel destination, as well as one on the sultanate’s environmental protection efforts. Different aspects of Singapore have been covered in the course of several trips to the Far East.
Recently Eigeland has done a number of stories on gastronomy in different parts of the world, including one on the successful cultivation of truffles in Spain. Other major articles done during the last few years were on Austrian Tyrol, Brittany, the Champagne region, the Cathars of France, the great French Parfumeurs, French caviar, the Queen of Foie Gras in Gascony, the ancient routes of al-Andalus (Moorish Spain) and an environmental study of desert in Jordan, deluxe sailing on the Nile and Sicilian cuisine.
At the moment Eigeland is working on a book about his experiences with the Marsh Arabs of Iraq some forty years ago – before this unique 5000-year old way of life was destroyed by Saddam Hussein.