About Dean

Dean Chalkley is a Photographer and Film Maker based in London. He grew up in the Thames estuary town of Southend-on-Sea in Essex  UK. After training to be a Tailor he put the scissors aside in favour of the Camera and studied at Blackpool and the Fylde College, completing his Photography degree (1995). Whilst at college he began shooting for Dazed and Confused magazine. Since then Dean has continued to depict his love for Culture, and Music especially working with many different publications, record companies and fashion brands. He has undertaken high profile campaigns for the likes of Rayban, Levis and New Balance.

Filmmaking has become part of Deans creative outlook over the years. His films are often personal and experimental. The first being Strip (2000), a short film about parallel time continuums, next was a look into the beautiful world of the ‘Physical Culturist’, Serge (2005).  Young Souls (2011) reflected an immersion in Northern Soul, The New Faces: A Short Film (2012) was a document to the contemporary ‘Mod’ Sub-Culture and most recently The Arena (2013) smashed onto the screen with it's poignant insight into 'Banger Racing'.  The Arena was presented as an exclusive screening at the V&A Museum on the 27th Sept 2013 in conjunction with The New British and the V&A..

Personal Projects and commissioned work have produced imagery for several exhibitions including Now Stand Tall (2006), Southend’s Underground (2006), Young Souls (2011), Look.Hear (2012) 21 (2014) *Return of the Rudeboy (2014>) Sonics (2015) and  Never Turn Back (2015>). Deans work has been presented in many notable galleries and exhibition spaces such as the V&A, Turner Contemporary, Royal Albert Hall, Essen's Folkwang Gallery in Germany, FoMu in Antwerp Belgium and La Foret Museum in Tokyo Japan.

2016 will see several new shows emerge some will be grand and large in production and others intentionally low-key. Dean always keeps the essence of spontaneity, energy and idiosyncrasy in his exhibitions.

*Return of the Rudeoy 

This large and continuing project was first presented as an exhibition at Somerset House in London. Return of the Rudeboy is an immersive exhibition exploring the style, swagger and significance of the 21st century Rudeboy. At it's core the show includes original photography shot by Dean, but film, music, 3-d installations including a live functioning Barbershop as well as a programme of live events makes this a multifaceted show and an exhibition that has many collaborative elements. Dean combined forces with friend and creative director Harris Elliott to create and curate this significant collection. This resulting depiction reveals a unique collective of sharply dressed individuals who exemplify an important and rarely documented subculture, the 21st Century Rudeboy. The exhibition run at Somerset House through the summer months of 2014 and attracted incredibly high numbers of visitors. Return of the Rudeboy's impact has been large and its gravitas and significance has been firmly stamped and referenced as a landmark show. The project continues to grow as an entity in March 2015 it appeared in Tokyo, 2016 sees more plans on the horizon that will produce new and even more groundbreaking work in the coming year.

Never Turn Back is Dean's most recent touring exhibition, this photographic series was shot in Norfolk (UK) in 2015 and revolves around a small group of friends often in the landscape. 


Dean's work appears in many editorial publications, and books. 

 'Return of the Rudeboy Dean Chalkley X Harris Elliott' was released as a physical accompaniment to the Return of the Rudeboy project.

'ONE' is a new and exciting solo publication set for release in 2016.


Dean's Clients Include

Adidas, Tatler, New Balance, Fred Perry, Hush Puppies, Ray-Ban, Levis, Everything Everywhere, Fiction Records, Island Records, XL Recordings, Diageo, NME, National Theatre, Sony BMG, Universal Music, EMI, BBC, O2, Santander, Ben Sherman, Kickers, Pentland, VCCP, WCRS, Exposure, Love, M&C Saatchi, The Observer, The Sunday Times, IDEO, and many more.


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