Chris Chapman is an internationally renowned photographer who graduated from OCAD U’s Photography program.
Chris was chief photographer and editor-at-large at British magazine Wallpaper. In Canada, he has contributed to major fashion magazines including Flare, Fashion and Elle Canada. His clients have included Holt Renfrew, BMW, Abercrombie & Fitch, the Gap and Target.
Chris’ photos have appeared in magazines such as Fast Company, Travel & Leisure, Out and The Advocate. He’s been recognized by the Art Directors Club of Canada and the National Magazine Awards.
Here are the stories behind his five favourite photos:
1. Izzy Camilleri campaign
This is one of my favourite shots, for Toronto designer Izzy Camilleri for her 2006 campaign…a dress made out of chain with a leather sleeve. I drew on Blade Runner as inspiration for this shoot.
2. David Cronenberg
I was very happy with the simplicity and understated creepiness I was able to evoke with the set I designed for my portrait of David Cronenberg for the Director's Guild of Canada. He was also very easygoing and a nice guy.
3. Kathy Griffin
Getting to photograph Kathy Griffin in Los Angeles was a blast. This is an example where I found someone I wanted to shoot, pitched it to the client, and then produced, art directed and executed the result from start to finish.
4. Chris Hadfield
Shooting Canadian astronaut and fellow Star Trek groupie Chris Hadfield brought out my inner geek. I designed and printed this T-shirt for him to wear at our shoot in the hopes he would appreciate the message. Happily he did.
5. Holt Renfrew
This is part of a series I did that Holt Renfrew commissioned for a charity fundraising event. We shot vintage and new couture fashion in my studio while it was still being renovated, and had fun mixing eras and moods. I've always loved this image of my friend Mella for its glamour and stylistic nod to Avedon and Penn.