For the first time, a camera goes deep inside the sacred space of the All Black camp - revealing the highs and the lows, the pain and the passion, the commitment and the courage of New Zealand's iconic sporting team. Best-selling photojournalist Nick Danziger and writer James Kerr have been granted unprecedented access to the All Black environment as the team builds towards the 2011 Rugby World Cup. The result is a landmark publishing event that looks at the men of the All Blacks and the land that they come from - focussing on how New Zealand has shaped its national team, and how its national team has helped shaped New Zealand. Intimate, beautiful and revealing, Mana is an historic event in New Zealand publishing and, importantly, a chance for those who love rugby and Aotearoa to give something back: all profits from the Mana Project will go to Kids Can Stand Tall, official charity partner of the All Blacks, to provide school lunches, raincoats and shoes for the most disadvantaged of Kiwi kids - ''ecause no New Zealand child should be left out in the cold'.
Nick Danziger is one of the world's great photographers. He has won several prestigious awards for his photography including, in 2004, the World Press Photo 1st Prize in the Single Portrait Award for his 'mirror' image of Prime Minister Tony Blair and President George W. Bush. In June 1991, his documentary video film 'War, Lives and Videotape', based on the children abandoned in Marastoon mental asylum in Kabul, won the prestigious Prix Italia for Best Television Documentary. In 2007, he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Royal Photographic Society, and he is holder of the Royal Geographical Society'' Ness Award in recognition of raising public understanding of contemporary social, political and environmental issues through documentary films and photography. In 1996 he was nominated for Journalist of The Year by the Royal Television Society. Nick has spent much of the last 25 years photographing the world most dispossessed and disadvantaged.