About Chris Parkes Photography
Chris’s diverse skill has taken him from shooting in hailstorms in the UK, to recording the experiences of those affected by conflict in northeast Nigeria.
His intimate photographic storytelling makes people the agents of their own stories, and his eye-catching images have helped a wide range of national and international organizations tell their stories to an international audience.
Chris's new work focuses on how we bring back our planet from catastrophe, telling new stories that highlight people, technology and ideas that can help us build a more sustainable world.
“Photography is still one of the most powerful storytelling mediums on the planet."
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Chris’s diverse skill has taken him from shooting in hailstorms in the UK, to recording the experiences of those affected by conflict in north-east Nigeria. His intimate storytelling makes people the agents of their own stories, and his eye-catching images have helped a wide range of national and international organisations tell their story to an international audience. Born in the United Kingdom, raised in South Africa during the last decade of apartheid, and a member of the LGBTQIA community, Chris has developed a powerful sense of how inequalities impact the human experience. He sees visual storytelling as the bridge between empathy and change. He believes photographers have a moral obligation to depict the stories they tell with dignity and that the enduring popularity of photography makes it one of the core mediums in creating a fairer world. In order to do that, it has to be anti-racist and focus on systemic solutions to the climate crisis. Chris’s stories often depict people's physical or mental fortitude combined with emotion and dynamic movement. His images bring stories to life with strong contrast and controlled lighting. Currently, Chris is creating a new portfolio of work which reflect some of the urgent issues we face as a planet, highlighting the challenges and solutions we need to take on. Chris’s imagery has been published in a wide range of national and international platforms and has been the recipient of several panel awards such as National Geographic and Practical Photography.