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  • Dean Chalkley

About

B. 1968, Essex, England, UK


Dean has been producing compelling visual imagery at the intersection of music, fashion and culture for the past two decades. 

Since picking up a camera for Dazed & Confused in the mid 90s, his trademark positivity and creative energy has seen him become one of the UK’s leading documentarians of British subculture, an eminent portrait photographer and revered music photographer responsible for some of the most notable music imagery of the 21st century.

Dean’s work carries with it authenticity and integrity, making it the perfect conduit for brands to communicate with their audiences. He has worked with a raft of fashion brands such as Levis, Adidas and Ray Ban and outside the fashion context campaigns with Virgin, Sony Music and Universal Pictures to name but a few.

Contributing to editorial publications including The Observer Magazine, Vanity Fair, Sunday Times Magazine and a two-decade relationship with the NME highlights his willingness to engage with emerging talents as well as established subjects. Genuine interest in his subjects and how they sit as part of our cultural tapestry informs his work and produces highly stimulating imagery.

His extensive archive spans photography, film and mixed-media with each image connected by his deep commitment to the idea of personal style as a form of cultural resistance. 

Originally trained as a tailor, a love of sartorial style has transpired into some of his most notable projects. Return of the Rudeboy, an immersive exhibition at Somerset House, saw an important and rarely documented subculture propelled onto the main stage at one of London’s major institutions. Imagined and organised in collaboration with creative director Harris Elliott, the six room exhibition explored the style, swagger and significance of the 21st century Rudeboys. Dean’s portraits present a global picture of the impeccable style, confidence and independence at the heart of the movement.

Compelled by a deep love for music and its potential self expression, Dean’s portraits range from underground pioneers to pop stars. He continues to build a definitive archive of those great artists whose hope, energy and theatre can transport us beyond the here and now.

As a filmmaker, Dean explores individuals and communities on the fringes of British culture. The New Faces captured the style, music and perspectives of the contemporary Mod scene, soon followed by Young Souls that showed us a new generation of dedicated Northern Soul fans united in mesmerising dance moves. In The Arena we see a poetic meditation on subculture and belonging, observing groups of family and friends coming together for UK Banger Racing. Dean’s latest short film ‘Kojey Radical’ focuses on one of the most exciting emerging artists from the UK. This beautifully paced meditative work delves into the mind of the East London polymath at the point before he explodes into the general public’s consciousness.

Dean’s work crosses boundaries and is a rich celebration of culture.

 

Awarded

 

2011 Presented with the Outstanding Contribution to Music Photography Award NME / NIKON

2011 For the film Young Souls Best Short Film in the Music Category Southend Film Festival

2006 Portrait Photographer of the Year at The Picture Editors' Awards

2000 For the film Strip  Kinofilm 2000 Best Experimental Film

 

Exhibitions

 

Vital Vinyl (London, UK) 2019

Forever 27 (St. Louis, MO, USA) 2018 (GShow)

Locked In Locked On (London, UK) 2018 (Gshow)

Reverberation (London, UK) 2017

Never Turn Back (Paris, FR) 2016

Highlights (Buenos Aries, ARG) 2016  (GShow)

Never Turn Back (London, UK) 2015

Never Turn Back (Norwich, UK) 2015

Sonic (Westcliff-on-Sea, UK) 2015

Return of the Rudeboy (Tokyo, JP) 2015

Return of the Rudeboy (London, UK) 2014

21 (London, UK) 2014

Exhibition (London, UK) 2014

You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet (Antwerp, NE) 2013 (GShow)

David Bowie is (V&A London, UK) 2013 (GShow)

Thames Delta (Westcliff, UK) 2013 (GShow)

Amy Winehouse: For You I Was A Flame (London, UK) 2013 (GShow)

Look.Hear/Young Souls (Royal Albert Hall, Uk) 2012

50 Years of British Rock (Beijing, China) 2012

Look.Hear (Leigh-on-Sea, UK) 2012

Young Souls (Brighton, UK) 2011

Young Souls (London, UK) 2011

The New Faces (Gijon, SP) 2010

The New Faces (London, UK) 2010

A Star Is Born (Essen, GER) 2009 (GShow)

Southend's Underground (Florence, IT) 2007

Southend's Underground (London, UK) 2006

Now Stand Tall (London, UK) 2006

Physical Culturist (london, UK) 2005

 

Publications

 

Reverberation 2017 Pub. Y-Junction isbn 978-1-9998490-0-9

One 2016 Pub. Self Pub. isbn 978-0-9935659-0-8

Never Turn Back (London edition) 2015 Pub. Self Pub. Isbn n/a

Never Turn Back (Norfolk edition) Pub. Self Pub. Isbn n/a

Return of the Rudeboy Pub. Return of the Rudeboy isbn 978-0-9932011-0-3

 

Selected Screenings

 

Kojey Radical (V&A, London, UK) 2018

Kojey Radical (The Photographers Gallery, London, UK) 2018

The Arena (V&A, London, UK) 2013

Young Souls (Turner Contemporary Gallery, Margate, UK) 2013 

Young Souls (100 Club, London, UK) 2011

Strip (Kino Festival, Manchester, UK) 2000

 

Selected Clients

 

Adidas, Bvlgari, Levis, Ray-Ban,Virgin, BBC, Channel 4, Fred Perry, Vanity Fair, The Observer, The Sunday Times Magazine, NME, Universal Music, Sony Music, Warner Music Group, XL Recordings, to name only a few…

 

Representation

 

Dean is represented by Lo & Behold Productions

 

 

 

Portrait of Dean Chalkley on this page taken by Gideon Marshall

 

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