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Charlie has dangled CEOs upside down, gone undercover with drug cops, set Michelin star chefs on fire and discussed peace with Nobel Prize winners – all in pursuit of a great photograph. His drive is to tell personal stories with a twist of the unexpected.

He works globally for a range of editorial and commercial clients including BAFTA, The BBC, GQ, Coca Cola, Starz, The National Theatre, and many others.

To keep things fresh Charlie always has a personal project on the go. From a collective portrait of British emigrants to his own mental health campaign, he experiments with different ways of creating images and telling stories.

Charlie’s work had been published and exhibited widely. You might have seen it in the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery, The Creative Review Photo Annual, and the D&AD Awards.

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Selected Clients

BAFTA, The BBC, The National Theatre, Channel 4, PBS, Starz, ITV, The Sunday Times Magazine, GQ, Wired, Stern, Die Zeit, The Observer, The Royal Opera House, Children In Need, Bloomberg, The NHS, Action for Children, The Royal British Legion, Help for Heroes, Coca Cola, Premier League, British Council, Chelsea Football Club, UnitedHealthcare Global, Samsung, Natwest, Lloyds Bank, Shire, Bayer, Roche, AXA, Allianz.



Selected Awards

American Photography:
2024 – AP40 Selected Winner
2023 – AP39 Selected Winner
2022 – AP38 Selected Winner

Communication Arts Photo Annual:
2024 – Winner

Association of Photographers Awards:
2022 – Silver Winner for Portraits
2019 – Finalist
2017 – Finalist
2016 – Finalist
2015 – Finalist

Lurzers Archive:
2020/21 – 200 Best Ad Photographers Worldwide
2019/20 – 200 Best Ad Photographers Worldwide

Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize:
2020 – Exhibited
2017 – Exhibited
2016 – Exhibited

D&AD Awards:
2019 – Exhibited

BJP Portrait of Britain:
2022 – Vol.5 ⁠
2021 – Vol.4 ⁠
2020 – Vol.3 ⁠
2017 – Vol.1

BJP Portrait of Humanity:
2022 – Vol.5 ⁠

Spotlight Awards:
2022 – Shortlist Portrait and Celebrity Photographer
2021 – Best Portrait and Celebrity Photographer

Creative Review: 
2020 – Photography Annual
2017 – Photography Annual

International Photography Awards:
2020 – Selected winner



Exhibitions

Let’s Talk, solo exhibition, McCann London, May 2022.

Association Of Photographers Awards, group exhibition, Village Underground, London, April 2022.

Taylor Wessing Photo Prize, group exhibition, National Portrait Gallery, London, Nov 2020 – Feb 2021.

Tribute Ink, solo exhibition, The National Army Museum, London, Jan – April 2020.

Let’s Talk and Portrait of Brixton, solo exhibition, The & Partnership, London Feb 2020.

Tribute Ink, solo exhibition, The National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire, Sep – Dec 2019.

Let’s Talk, solo exhibition, This Can Happen mental health conference, London, Nov 2019.

Let’s Talk, solo exhibition, Cision, London, June 2019.

Association of Photographers Awards Finalists, group exhibition, One Canada Square, London, May 2019.

Portrait of Brixton, solo show, Wunderman, London, Feb 2019.

Let’s Talk, public outdoor solo exhibition in Guildhall Yard in association with Guildhall Gallery, London, May 2019.

Let’s Talk, solo exhibition, M&C Saatchi London, Feb 2019.

Let’s Talk, solo exhibition, Exposure Gallery, London, Dec 2019.

 

 

Let’s Talk, public touring outdoor solo exhibition in Regents Place, Broadgate, Paddington Central, London, Oct – Nov 2018.

Portrait of Brixton, solo exhibition, Pop Brixton, London,  Sept – Nov 2018.

10 Years of Premier Skills, solo exhibition, House of Commons, Westminster Palace, London, April  2018.

Taylor Wessing Photo Prize, group exhibition, National Portrait Gallery, London, Nov 2017 – Feb 2018.

Association Of Photographers Awards Finalists, group exhibition, Old Truman Brewery, London, Oct 2017.

10 Years of Premier Skills, solo exhibition, British Council, London, Feb – March 2017.

Taylor Wessing Photo Prize, group exhibition, National Portrait Gallery, London, Nov 2016 – Feb 2017.

Association Of Photographers Awards Finalists, group exhibition, Old Truman Brewery, London, Oct 2016.

Brits Abroad, solo exhibition, Interview Room 11 Gallery, Ocean Terminal, Edinburgh, April 2016.

Brits Abroad, solo exhibition, 12 Star Gallery, London, Oct 2015.Association Of Photographers Awards Finalists, group exhibition, Old Truman Brewery, London, Oct 2015.

Migration Stories, group exhibition, Sheffield Winter Garden, Sheffield, May 2014.

Brits Abroad, solo exhibition, University of York, York, Nov 2014.