Dean Chalkley x Grolsch: Live Music Photography Competition

19 August 22

Posted at 8:03

Dean Chalkley x Grolsch

Photograph of Dean and the Bottles by Mikael Buck



Dean has teamed up with Grolsch to celebrate live music! 


A new photographic competition is announced today (19-8-22) through Dean’s Instagram account.

The call goes out to those who love immortalising brilliant gig moments through photography, on or off the stage! 

Entrants have the chance to win £750 of photographic equipment vouchers, a mentored session with Dean and a set of Grolsch bottles featuring their winning image, plus 10 randomly selected entries will win a free case of Grolsch to enjoy.

All entrants need to do is share their pictures on Instagram with the hashtag #GrolschLiveMoments

The deadline to post your photographs for the competition is midnight on the 9th September 2022.

Once all the entries are in Dean will select the winning photograph the successful image maker will be informed of their win on the 23rd September 2022.


Recently a limited edition of 100 bottles were also created in collaboration with Grolsch featuring 4 of Deans images (in the image above), the designs were pictures focusing on the crowds perspective, each bottle was uniquely numbered. 

This limited edition promptly sold out with proceeds going to the Music Venue Trust charity. 

Dean says ‘It’s great to be part of this exciting campaign that gives back to the live music industry after everything it’s been through over the last couple of years and encourages new and exciting photography around music.’


The photographic competition is open to over 18’s. For all the T’s&C’s click HERE

Please #drinkresponsibly


Honorary Fellowship: NUA

19 July 22

Posted at 9:39

Dean Chalkley Honorary Fellowship Picture




On the 12th July 2022 Dean was made Honorary Fellow of the NUA. Recognised for his contribution to Photography this prestigious award was bestowed on Dean during the 2022 Graduation ceremony at academic Road Stadium Norwich. 

Course Leader for Photography James Smith delivered the Oration, highlighting several aspects of Dean's life and professional career as well as a number of anecdotes reflecting Deans attitude and character. Dean then responded to the award, addressing the audience of 140 Graduates and 800 friends and family in attendance plus the the University authorities.

Dean's message was one of appreciation and pure excitement of the moment, not only for him to be in this 'surreal' position of receiving the Fellowship in light of starting out from a non-academic background, but also his excitement for the Graduates at this moment in their lives, how their journey would also now enter a new phase. He highlighted the fact that life's 'Twists and Turns' can take you in directions unplanned and this is to be embraced, that standing up there in front of the audience was testament to that . He also focused on the appreciation of those around you whether friends, family or like minded people. 

It is a great honour to be awarded the Fellowship Honoris Causa of Norwich University of the Arts. 


Grown Up In Britain: Herbert Museum

30 June 22

Posted at 10:45

Grown Up In Britain: Herbert Museum

©Geth Shooter/ Museum of Youth Culture



1 July 2022 10.00am – 12 February 2023 4.00pm

A new and very exciting exhibition is unveiled to the public on the 1st July, a collaboration between the Museum of Youth Culture and Coventry's Herbert Museum.

'Grown Up In Britain' goes beyond the headlines, chronicling the everyday experiences and cultural impact of young people through photographs, objects and stories. Reflecting the diverse movements that have been forged by youth, the exhibition explores what unites us across generations and asks What Makes Britain?

Curated by and drawn from the extensive photographic collections of the Museum of Youth Culture, the exhibition is centred around public submissions representing people’s personal experiences of being young from across the UK, collected as part of the Museum’s ongoing Grown up in Britain campaign.

The Museum of Youth Culture is dedicated to the styles, sounds and social movements innovated by young people over the last 100 years. Championing the impact of youth on modern society, the Museum has been collecting photographs of youth and subculture movements for over 25 years. 

One of Dean's photographs from back in the early 2000's is included in the show, it features two brightly clothed ravers.

For details of the gallery, opening times and exhibition click HERE 

The Design Museum: Exhibitions

30 June 22

Posted at 10:25

Design Museum Amy Winehouse : Beyond Black

Design Museum Fred Perry

Design Museum Fred Perry

©Dean Chalkley/NME/Camera Press



Recently two of Dean’s iconic NME magazine cover’s were featured in exhibitions at the Design Museum.

Amy Winehouse - NME Cover 2011 / Amy Winehouse : Beyond Black at the Design Museum 26 November 2021 - 10 April 2022

Amy Winehouse’s unmistakable voice, confessional lyrics and iconic look, made her one of the music world's most beloved artists.This exhibition presented the story of Amy’s early career through her recordings and teenage notebooks unravelling the creative process behind her music. It paid tribute to her rich range of influences, from Dinah Washington to Mark Ronson, Camden to '60s pop, Motown to jazz. 

Many of the outfits Amy wore during her greatest performances, handwritten lyrics and personal items that had never been exhibited before were included.

The exhibition was organised by the Design Museum in collaboration with The Estate of Amy Winehouse which is waiving its right to royalties in favour of the Amy Winehouse Foundation.

Oasis - NME Cover 2008 / Fred Perry: A British Icon at the Design Museum 10 June - 20 June 2022

Celebrating 70 years since the first Fred Perry polo shirt was unveiled, Fred Perry: A British Icon charted the evolution of the brand and its enduring global appeal. Visitors were able to explore the beginnings in 1950s Britain, through rare archival material and early prototypes and explore the intricacies of the brand’s identity today, tracing the Laurel Wreath’s adoption into countless subcultures and by global pop culture icons.






Abbey Road: Music Photography Awards

16 May 22

Posted at 9:11

Abbey Road_MPA 'Artists At Work'

Abbey Road Music Photography Awards - Closed Category - Artists At Work..
The awards ceremony took place at Abbey Road Studios 1 and 2 on the evening of the 14th May 2022. Matt Everitt presided over the event, with an introduction to the awards by photographer Rankin and presentations by all the judges, Jill Furmanovsky, Shy Girl, Dana Scruggs, Sacha Lecca,Sabel Garvey, Moses Sumney.   
The winner of the Artists At Work category was excellent American photographer Greg Noire. Across the whole competition the quality of the entries was very high. Photographer Eric Johnson received an Icon Award too, it was an excellent competition and hopefully the first of many to come. 
Invited nominees and vip guests from the world of photography, music and fashion were in attendance.
Abbey Road Studios is such a legendary place and it is clear that they not only value musical creation but also the visual side too.

Abbey Road: Music Photography Awards

14 May 22

Posted at 9:59

Music Photography Awards



In 2022, Abbey Road Studios launched the Abbey Road Studios Music Photography Awards. It is the first ever global music photography competition. A celebration of the previous year’s unforgettable, possibly unsung but certainly unique and eye catching music moments and the photographers who captured them.  

This is a global competition shining a light on the creatives behind the lens – whether established, emerging or undiscovered.

Dean has been nominated in the 'Artists At Work Category' with an image from the groundbreaking 'New Perspectives' project that he conceptualised, brought together and documented visually. The photograph features music producer Lewis Durham's hand and arm as he operates the 16 track tape recorder at Durham Sound Studios whilst in the writing and recording session of freshly formed through the project musical collective Phono48 as they made the track 'So Pure'.

The Awards winners will be chosen by a panel helmed by photographer, publisher and director Rankin, together with musicians and creatives Moses Sumney and Shygirl, photographers Jill Furmanovsky and Dana Scruggs, Rolling Stone’s picture editor Sacha Lecca and Abbey Road MD Isabel Garvey.

There were several categories open to submissions by all photographers as well as 'Closed Categories' where the judging panel nominated images  they recognised as outstanding work by photographers in music photography, 'Artists At Work' is the latter .

Abbey Road Studios has so much musical history woven into it's DNA including being the studios where landmark recordings by The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Oasis and Adele to name only a few were made. The Awards take place in recording studios 1 & 2 on the night of the 14th May 2022, it will be another significant event at this legendary place.

Far Out Magazine : Interview with Dean

08 April 22

Posted at 12:29

Far Out Magazine : Interview with Dean

©Dean Chalkley / Far Out 



Out this week... Dean 's interview for Far Out Magazine.

The feature written by Eoghan Lyng revolved around Photography and Music and including memories of shoots with Paul Weller, Amy Winehouse, The White Stripes and the recent 'New Perspectives' project.

Click HERE for the link.

Clash Magazine: New Perspectives / Phono 48

25 March 22

Posted at 4:09

Phono48_Clash Mag Feature

Phono 48 by ©Dean Chalkley


The New Perspectives project and musical collective Phono 48 are discussed in the Clash Magazine piece.

Writer Robin Murray outlines the project and gives a flavour fo the hot track.

Here For the link.

The New Cue: Interview

25 March 22

Posted at 3:40

The New Cue: Interview With Dean



This insightful and illuminating interview with Dean by The New Cue writer Chris Catchpole discusses several of Dean's Iconic images as well as the New Perspectives project.

Expect to some behind the scenes memories from shoots with The Strokes, Kojey Radical, The Horrors, Pete Doherty, The White Stripes and Amy Winehouse.

Click here to go to The New Cue

New Perspectives: Short Film Release

03 March 22

Posted at 3:09

New Perspectives: Short Film


Freshly released through YouTube Premiere the New Perspectives short film is now available to watch on demand. 

Presented as part of the gallery exhibition held at the Museum of Youth Culture in Shaftesbury Avenue London.

This short film documents moment when 6 musicians came together for the first time, to create an original piece of music through this expansive and experimental project, over a two day writing and recording session and including elements of the subsequent mixing and mastering at Durham Sound Studios and The Exchange, together with vignettes of the musicians filmed around London.

The musicians are Amané Suganami, Andre Laville, Kitty Liv Durham, Lewis Durham, Nick Corbin and Solomon Douglas the collective came to be known as Phono 48 and their composition ‘So Pure’.

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