Jacky Chapman is a practicing portrait and editorial London photographer whose style is rooted in graphic design, the result of graduate and postgraduate studies in Leicester and London, UK in the 1980s.
This design foundation has helped her career enormously and become her trademark style in photography.
She thinks and creates images as a designer – focusing on strong composition and often exploring shadows and abstractions as a way to further convey meaning.
Over the past 30 years of freelancing, she has also worked for many charities both in the UK and abroad. In the early 90’s she photographed aids victims and orphans in Uganda, child poverty in St Petersburg, and in the mid-1990s, she spent several months in Borneo and Zimbabwe as staff photographer for Raleigh International. In the late 1990s, Jacky taught documentary and reportage photography in the Middle East at Notre Dame University in Beirut, Lebanon.
In 2004 Jacky participated in a photo project entitled “LITHUANIA 24 HOURS” commemorating Lithuania 's membership of the European Union. She is reported to have captured Lithuania’s youngest EU citizen as he was born a few minutes after midnight on accession day. The final result was an exhibition and book.
Most recently, she has begun documenting the refugee crisis in Northern France as well as pursuing her longstanding USA project ‘Vanishing America’ capturing the relics of the 1950's and 60's, a time of drive-in movies, highway motels, Route 66 - a small tribute to the rapidly decaying American dream.