2019 International Photography Awards

I’m a happy bunny! I’ve just received an honorable mention in the International Photography Awards 2019 for my set of images on ‘The Great Strahov Stadium – architectural remnants of Prague’s Communist past’ (Categories: Architecture, Historic).


Twenty years on – The death of a Princess

Twenty years on - The death of a Princess

Young girl grieves outside Buckingham Palace on the day of Diana’s funeral.

31 August 1997. Four am local time at the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital, Paris.  The announcement was made that the most famous woman in the world had just died.

Twenty years on - The death of a Princess

Held together in collective grief. The Mall, London.

Princess Diana’s premature death propelled not just Britain, but the of the rest of the world, into a state of collective grief.


In the UK, especially London, we witnessed a deluge of publicly open sorrow never before observed in the UK.


Six days after the fatal car crash in the Parisian tunnel, her royal ceremonial (not state) funeral was held at Westminster Abbey, attended by over 2,000 people.

Hundreds of thousands of people listened to the commemorative service on loudspeakers in Hyde Park and in surrounding streets.

Her friend, Elton John, performed a specially adapted version of his 1973 hit, Candle in the Wind, a song written initially about Marilyn Monroe, but which has been associated with the Princess ever since.

It was estimated that a total of 2.5 billion people watched Princess Diana’s funeral worldwide, the British audience was 32.1 million.

Twenty years on - The death of a Princess

Twenty years later, her funeral remains one of the most-watched television events in history.

“The kindness and affection from the public have carried me through some of the most difficult periods, and always your love and affection have eased the journey.”

Princess Diana

Twenty years on - The death of a Princess

On 31 August 1997, Diana, Princess of Wales, died as a result of injuries sustained in a car crash in the Pont de l’Alma road tunnel in Paris. Dodi Fayed and the driver, Henri Paul, were pronounced dead at the scene; the bodyguard of Diana and Fayed, Trevor Rees-Jones, was the only survivor.

Refugee Week 2017 – ‘In Transit’ photography exhibition on until 6th July

‘The destruction of the Calais ‘Jungle’ in October 2016, and the Dunkirk Grande-Synthe in April 2017, returned close to 10,000 people to homelessness. Despite the prominence of the camps in liberal and reactionary media alike, the fate of their one-time inhabitants is now slipping from public consciousness with all too predictable ease. In Transit, is pitched against precisely this collective amnesia. Bringing together some two hundred photographs, taken by Jacky Chapman and Janine Wiedel across 2016, the exhibition offers an urgent reminder of the camps’ existence, and a poignant testament to the people now moving ever more precariously to the edges of political agendas’.  Review by Rosa Zimmermann for Photomonitor

“Refugee Week takes place every year across the world in the week around World Refugee Day on the 20 June. In the UK, Refugee Week is a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities.

Refugee Week started in 1998 as a direct reaction to hostility in the media and society in general towards refugees and asylum seekers. An established part of the UK’s cultural calendar, Refugee Week is now one of the leading national initiatives working to counter this negative climate, defending the importance of sanctuary and the benefits it can bring to both refugees and host communities”. Refugee Week

Salvation Army International HQ

Gallery 101
101 Queen Victoria Street

Mon – Fri 8:30am – 4:30pm

Free admission. Between St Pauls and the Tate Modern.

‘In Transit’ Photos

In Transit. A photographic exhibition focusing on the daily experience of refugees living in the ‘Calais Jungle’ and the ‘Grande-Synthe’ camp in Dunkirk.

Last week I was truly delighted to have my image of  ‘Shop Keeper in The Calais Jungle’ nominated in the portrait section of the International Color Awards. This has prompted me to post some images from the actual exhibition.

Over the 6 months prior to the final eviction in October 2016, fellow photographer  Janine Wiedel and I documented daily life in the Calais Jungle as well as the Grande-Synthe refugee camp in Northern France.


The resulting exhibition ‘In Transit’ had its initial viewing at The James Caird Hall at Dulwich College, London.


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Sue Mulholland Director of Art, Dulwich College, records:

In Transit provided us with a platform to engage students across the curriculum in a debate about wider cultural, social and most importantly humanitarian issues that are too often skewed by social media and the press. Jacky and Janine’s sensitive and extremely well observed photos engaged our students from Year 6 to Year 13 in discussions about our national, and their own, responsibility for global problems. 

The exhibition brings the migrant crisis to our doorstep; the powerful visuals evoke and provoke a reaction. These are insights and detail we are not used to seeing, the day to day living in the camps, the true reality of a refugee’s situation. The exhibition opens the door to wider conversations and deeper understanding.  As well as invaluable educational stimulus across many subject areas (Geography, History, PSHE, RT, Art, Architecture, English), it teaches our students about their places in the world.  

The Calais Jungle. All photographs by ©Jacky Chapman

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‘La Linière’ camp, in Grande-Synthe, Dunkirk.  All photographs by ©Jacky Chapman

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I recently returned to ‘The Jungle’ to see what had become of it. The containers are still there…..the rest razed to the ground. Local aid agencies are now reporting that some 400 refugees/migrants are returning to Calais (approx. 15 per day) mainly teenagers and young adults. Police are still patrolling the jungle to prevent its resurgence. According to recent reports the mayor of Calais has banned the distribution of meals by aid agencies in an attempt to stop a new refugee camp starting up again.

Water carrier, The Jungle, Calais, Northern France

The remains of The jungle, 24th December 2016

All that remains of the once famous Calais Jungle. The containers are all that’s now visible.




“A splendour of miscellaneous spirits” John Ruskin. The Venice Carnival.


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“In the winter, Venice is like an abandoned theatre. The play is finished, but the echoes remain.” Arbit Blatas

“I am like a caricature of myself and I like that. It is like a mask. And for me the Carnival of Venice lasts all year long.” Karl Lagerfeld

“Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go.” Truman Capote

Venice Carnival, italy

“There is something so different in
Venice from any other place in
the world, that you leave at
once all accustomed habits and
everyday sights to enter an
enchanted garden.” 
Mary Shelley

“It is always assumed that Venice is the ideal place for a honeymoon. This is a grave error. To live in Venice or even to visit it means that you fall in love with the city itself. There is nothing left over in your heart for anyone else.” Peggy Guggenheim
Venice Carnival, italy
“To build a city where it is impossible to build a city is madness in itself, but to build there one of the most elegant and grandest of cities is the madness of genius.” Alexander Herzen
Venice Carnival, italy
“A splendour of miscellaneous spirits.”  John Ruskin

“Venice is the most romantic place in the world but it’s even better
when there is no one around.”  Woody Allen

It’s not just an arm…

The Arm of John S Motley 1894

The arm of John S Motley, Motley Cemetery, Mesquite, Dallas Co, Texas USA

Ever so often one comes across “odd” things to photograph – how about the grave of an arm and a foot?
Now don’t tell me that’s not intriguing!
Far from being earth shattering award winning images, they do however have an interesting story to tell….
Whilst photographing in Dallas Texas, I was guided around the 150 year old Motley family cemetery in Mesquite, Texas.

In 1856, Zachariah and Mary Motley moved their family of 10 children from Kentucky to Texas. They led a convoy of 37 wagons and were one of the very few families to bring slaves with them.

The Motleys were one of the founding families of Mesquite and until the 1950s -60s the old homestead was still occupied. The house however was destroyed by fire through vandalism and the land was then apparently donated/sold and in the early 1970’s Eastfied College was built.

The cemetery can still be found on the college campus. Within it there are unmarked graves believed to be slave graves but what’s really intriguing are the graves of an arm of John S Motley and a foot of G. C Motley.

The graveyard containing the remains of the right arm of John Motley, who at the age of 17, apparently severed his arm in gin machinery in Reinhardt, Texas. The arm was amputated by a local doctor and then placed in a box and buried in the family cemetery. “One armed John” proceeded to then experience what doctors now call “phantom limb syndrome” complaining that ants were stinging his amputated arm. In an attempt to appease him, the family exhumed the arm from the plot and indeed witnessed the arm engulfed in crawling ants. The limb was re-sealed in an airtight box from the blacksmith shop and was buried for a second time. The phantom limb experience ceased and John Motley died in 1925 at the age of 48.

The Foot of G.C Motley Texas, 1911

The Foot of G C Motley, Motley Cemetery, Mesquite, Dallas Co, Texas, USA

Now the foot… Grover Cleveland ‘Cleve’ Motley, another grandson of Zachariah, lost his foot after it was entwined in the stirrup of a runaway horse in 1911. Another amputation and another unusual gravestone!


Blast from the past. Part 1

Second blog posted …..very exciting!

In-between commissions, invoices, accounts, twitter, submitting images to stock libraries, personal projects…endless cups of tea, you know… the normal everyday life of a freelancer…I’ve also started scanning in all the millions of b/w negatives that are piled high in the attic filing cabinets.

First day of scanning I felt quite positive…3 weeks later now it feels like a mammoth undertaking and one that I may never finish!

Anyway taking it in tiny baby steps,  I have just finished archiving a commission for a children’s charity in 1994.

Staggering, please don’t remind me that it was 21 years ago!!

The job took me to St Petersburg, a fascinating city, steeped with history and culture. But it was here that I also witnessed real poverty and economic hardships. Empty shop windows displayed only a few items; massive communist blocks loomed on the horizon – where lifts were constantly out-of-order. The streets, especially around the train station, were lined with beggars and crime rates soared.

Even so, St Petersburg made a monumental impression on me. The people I met, often struggling against all odds, welcomed with open arms, a young photographer from London.

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Begging on the streets near railway station  St Petersburg, Russia

Begging on the streets near railway station.
St Petersburg, Russia 1994

Hospital for abandoned children. St Petersburgh Russia

Hospital for abandoned children. St Petersburg, Russia 1994

Milk queue Not because of lack of milk but because its fresh from farm and cheaper than in shops. Comes everyday.  St Petersburg, Russia

Milk queue.
Not because of lack of milk but because it’s fresh from the farm and cheaper than in shops. Deliveries everyday.
St Petersburg, Russia 1994

Street scene St Petersburg, Russia

Street scene, Communist blocks.
St Petersburg, Russia 1994

Child poverty. Single baby sitting alone. St Petersburgh Russia

Child poverty. St Petersburg, Russia 1994

8th Annual International Color Awards

Health Camp Texas21 APRIL 2015

Wow…guess how amazed I was to receive this email the other day!

First time I’ve ever entered into a photo contest in 28 years of being in this business!!

Dear Jacky,

CONGRATULATIONS on being a Winner at the 8th AnnualInternational Color Awards with:

3rd Place – Honor of Distinction in Americana | Health Camp, Texas USA

The live online gala was attended by over 8,000 photography fans around the globe who logged on to watch the climax of the industry’s most important event for color photography.

8th Annual Jury members included captains of the industry from Christie’s, Paris; Frieze Art Fair, London; DB Agency, Milan; Clair Galerie, Munich; Edinburgh Film Festival; Art Beatus Gallery, Hong Kong; Gup Magazine, Amsterdam; and Eyestorm, London who honored Color Masters with 541 coveted title awards in 33 categories.

“It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 7,358 entries we received this year,” said Basil O’Brien, the awards Creative Director. “Jacky Chapman ‘s “Health Camp,Texas,” an exceptional image entered in the Americana category, represents contemporary color photography at its finest, and we’re pleased to present her with the title of 3rd Place – Honor of Distinction.”

Congratulations once again, we wish you a most successful photography year.

INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS is the leading international award honoring excellence in color photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide and honors the finest images with the highest achievements in color photography.