Capturing the essence of adventure in more than 60 extreme films has taken cameraman and filmmaker Keith Partridge to some of the world's most hostile and spectacular environments. From the Eiger’s North Face, a storm bound winter Arctic, and a toxic fume-filled Indonesian volcano, to hunting with eagles in Mongolia, and the white-water caves of Papua New Guinea, Partridge has been pushing the limits of extreme filmmaking for television and cinema.
Productions have notched up dozens of international film awards, two BAFTAs and an International Emmy. In 2004 Partridge was presented with the International Explorers Festival Camera Extreme Award for his work on series such as the multi-award winning “Wild Climbs” for the BBC, and on the documentary feature film of Joe Simpson’s Touching the Void. In 2011 he was awarded an EMMY for Outstanding Cinematography on the BBC’s flagship series ‘Human Planet’.
His personal journey has been a committed one. Winter 1990 saw Partridge leave his job as a cameraman and sound-recordist with the BBC after six years of service. Three weeks later, with climbing suspended in a torrent of spindrift, he was holed up in a snow cave contemplating his future. His strategy had been a high risk one, involving the sale of everything he owned; everything that is except his climbing kit. As another bitter storm swept across Iceland’s Vatnajokull icecap, fueling his passion for wild places, the marriage of adventure and filmmaking was an obvious course.
Partridge's multi-skilled broadcast background has enabled him to develop shooting techniques and equipment that have catapulted the viewer to the steepest of rock faces, the most challenging of ice, and the remotest of locations. He has developed ground-breaking shooting techniques and equipment to place him at the forefront of single-man lightweight filming techniques. In a training capacity, he has tutored at the BBC’s National Training Centre and played a key role in the development of the Adventure Film Academy in the UK and the adventure Filmmakers Workshop in Banff, Canada.
Over the past 25 years, his work has been shown on the BBC, Discovery, Channel 4, C5, ITV, National Geographic, Pathe Films, and 20th Century Fox. He has lectured on filmmaking to the Royal Television Society, HFF in Berlin, BAFTA, International Conferences, and the Royal Geographical Society. His written articles have appeared in many of the UK’s climbing and outdoor magazines.