"The ability to capture the mood and the feel of the time"
Harold Stephen Chapman
Born: 1927 in Deal Kent
"I've had no education whatsoever: I successfully
ran away from every school I ever went to.
I studied photography just by doing it."
Apparently a chance meeting in the 1950's with
John Deakin from vogue was sufficient to convince
Chapman to leave his newspaper job and head to
Paris to pursue his passion for photography.
He moved into the Beat Hotel in the Latin Quarter
of Paris where a mix of like minded artists had gathered. This allowed Chapman to shoot in a natural style as an observer and without intervention. Learning his skill through magazines and newspapers. His work appears to be in three key parts.
Paris in the 1950's - Photographing daily life of the generally less affluent Parisians
London in the 1960's - Photographing the swinging 60's
His local area of Kent from daily life to the mods and rockers at Margate
Chapman once said "I can only repeat the advice that Cartier-Bresson once gave me, 'Be honest to your subjectivity".
I was fortunate enough to purchase a couple of his images and meet him at a recent exhibition and talk at the Linden Hall Studio in Deal.
In 2010 the Guardian did an interesting interview and short film on Chapmans work.
The other interview worth looking on the Blues GR site
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