Photographer | United Kingdom

mark chilvers

Mark Chilvers - Photographer
"Photography allows me to explore and make sense of the world around me. It has been the key to opening various doors to creative exploration and the invite to numerous fascinating encounters."

Mark Chilvers is a British freelance photographer. He began his career in 1998 as a photographer for The Independent, a British national newspaper, shooting everything from portraits and news stories to travel features.

Global Explorations

Chilvers has visited all 7 continents in his quest to find new and intriguing people and places to photograph. In 2013, Chilvers embarked on a near impossible mission to visit all 50 American states in just 30 days, in search of compelling characters and stories. In each state Chilvers made a portrait, that in a way becomes almost like a synecdoche for the whole state. Chilvers uses a plain black backdrop as a way to isolate the subject from their background while also revealing the environment beyond the fabric. It is a classical approach that brings the formality of the studio portrait to the environmental portrait.

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Urban Renewal and Displacement

Back in the UK, Chilvers devised a project called ‘Elephant’, which explores questions of regeneration and urban development. He examines the experience of displaced community through the microcosm of a Brutalist housing estate in Elephant and Castle in London. This project is far closer to home for Chilvers, who in fact spent ten years of his life on this estate. His images, which are a personal homage to a time spent there reflecting the end of an era, are passed on to London’s collective memory.

Prestigious Publications

Chilvers has featured work in all major UK national newspapers, and has work in several international publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post and Time magazine. Chilvers was the head photographer for the Slow Guides to both Dublin and London and also shot the works for a recent Lonely Planet photo book reflecting his personal vision of his hometown of London.

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North Pole

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Iceberg #2 | Photography

Iceberg #2

2017 / Photography / Travel / Color /
45x70cm / $1,120

Franz Joseph Land | Photography

Franz Joseph Land

2017 / Photography / Travel / Color /
45x70cm / $1,120

Murmansk | Photography

Murmansk

2017 / Photography / Travel / Color /
45x70cm / $1,120

Viewing the Iceberg | Photography

Viewing the Iceberg

2017 / Photography / Travel / Color /
45x45cm / $990

Polar Bear | Photography

Polar Bear

2017 / Photography / Travel / Color /
46x70cm / $1,120

Walrus | Photography

Walrus

2017 / Photography / Travel / Color /
45x70cm / $1,120

Iceberg #1 | Photography

Iceberg #1

2017 / Photography / Travel / Color /
45x70cm / $1,120

Tea Time | Photography

Tea Time

2017 / Photography / Travel / Color /
46x70cm / $1,120

Mountain top | Photography

Mountain top

2017 / Photography / Travel / Color /
46x70cm / $1,120

Glacier | Photography

Glacier

2017 / Photography / Travel / Color /
45x70cm / $1,120

Fogbow | Photography

Fogbow

2017 / Photography / Travel / Color /
45x45cm / $990

Elephant

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Claydon | Photography

Claydon

2010 / Photography / Urban / Color /
50x50cm / $1,050

Running | Photography

Running

2010 / Photography / Urban / Color /
50x50cm / $1,050

Fallen Leaves | Photography

Fallen Leaves

2010 / Photography / Urban / Color /
50x50cm / $1,050

Smoking | Photography

Smoking

2010 / Photography / Urban / Color /
50x50cm / $1,050

Underpass 4 | Photography

Underpass 4

2010 / Photography / Urban / Color /
50x50cm / $1,050

Caught in the net | Photography

Caught in the net

2010 / Photography / Urban / Color /
50x50cm / $1,050

Glasgow Rab | Photography

Glasgow Rab

2010 / Photography / Urban / Color /
50x50cm / $1,050

Haenyeo freedivers

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Haeyeo #1 | Photography

Haeyeo #1

2016 / Photography / Documentary / Color /
70x45cm / $1,120

Haenyeo #2 | Photography

Haenyeo #2

2016 / Photography / Portrait / Color /
70x45cm / $1,120

Haenyeo #3 | Photography

Haenyeo #3

2016 / Photography / Portrait / Color /
70x45cm / $1,120

Haenyeo #4 | Photography

Haenyeo #4

2016 / Photography / Portrait / Color /
70x45cm / $1,120

Haenyeo #5 | Photography

Haenyeo #5

2016 / Photography / Portrait / Color /
70x45cm / $1,120

50 Faces from 50 states

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Arizona | Photography

Arizona

2013 / Photography / Travel / Color /
70x46cm / $1,120

Maryland | Photography

Maryland

2013 / Photography / Travel / Color /
70x46cm / $1,120

Florida | Photography

Florida

2013 / Photography / Travel / Color /
70x46cm / $1,120

Alabama | Photography

Alabama

2013 / Photography / Travel / Color /
70x46cm / $1,120

Tennessee | Photography

Tennessee

2013 / Photography / Travel / Color /
70x46cm / $1,120

Arizona | Photography

Arizona

2013 / Photography / Travel / Color /
70x46cm / $1,120

Fighting Spirit

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Boxing match | Photography

Boxing match

2008 / Photography / Travel / Color /
46x70cm / $1,120

Bukom gym | Photography

Bukom gym

2008 / Photography / Travel / Color /
46x70cm / $1,120

George Ashie | Photography

George Ashie

2008 / Photography / Travel / Color /
46x70cm / $1,120

training #1 | Photography

training #1

2008 / Photography / Travel / Color /
46x70cm / $1,120

Weight training | Photography

Weight training

2008 / Photography / Travel / Color /
46x70cm / $1,120

gloves | Photography

gloves

2008 / Photography / Travel / Color /
46x70cm / $1,120

No Pain, No Gain | Photography

No Pain, No Gain

2008 / Photography / Travel / Color /
46x70cm / $1,120

training #2 | Photography

training #2

2008 / Photography / Travel / Color /
46x70cm / $1,120