The greatest value Chris George brings to bear as a professional portrait photographer is his intuitive gift for establishing an immediate rapport with his subject, regardless of background or context. So whether his lens focuses in on tattoo covered Hellâ€™s Angels, besuited and bespectacled captains of industry, stars of stage, film and song or arresting individuals plucked from the quirkier quarters of daily life, Chrisâ€™ trademark qualities of revelatory humility and often humorous intimacy bring his photographs a distinctive warmth and appeal.
Chris draws the highest potential from his subjects and assignments, sometimes working to very tight time schedules in less than ideal circumstances he consistently comes up with dramatic and varied photographs filled with warmth and emotion.
This ability to develop empathy with individuals is due in large part to Chrisâ€™ varied career and life experience over the past twenty five years, lending Chris the confidence and compassion to relate to people from a very different backgrounds and circumstances.
Chris was born in South Wales in 1958. After completing Fine Art Degree at Birmingham College of Art and Design where he achieved First Class honours he moved to London where he made the mistake of stumbling into a career in the Civil Service. Five years of drudgery and a number of promotions later, the realization dawned on Chris that the then Department for Social Security would be a most unlikely source of professional and creative fulfillment and that he should stake his rightful claim to a role that gave meaning and direction to his passion. Accordingly he boldly abandoned the embrace of the Civil Service and started freelance assisting for a number of leading advertising photographers.
Keen to develop his photographic career Chris soon started on a number of editorial commissions for some of the UKâ€™s largest magazines and newspapers. Working shifts as a photographer for Mirror Group Newspapers and the Sunday Telegraph gave him invaluable practical experience of delivering copy quickly in high-pressure environments to the tightest of deadlines.
After a number of enjoyable years of newspaper work using 35mm equipment Chris decided that he needed to further develop his experience of larger format equipment, lighting and studio environments. To enable him to acquire these technical skills Chris took on the role of a full time corporate photographer for a large UK based Organisation with many offices throughout the world. From catalogues to staff newspapers and travelling to many far flung destinations Chris was able to refine his technical skills frequently using large format equipment and complex lighting set-ups.
His interest in digital imaging and especially in the Internet in the mid 90â€™s led him to a develop new career and he began working in the emerging New Media industries before the .com explosion. Before very long Chris had established a successful career as a salesperson working for some of the UKâ€™s largest Telecom companies for over eight years. To ensure that his skills remained fresh and his love of the profession firmly intact Chris still undertook photographic assignments for many National and International magazines during this period.
Chris has now resumed working as a full time freelance photographer for editorial and corporate clients.