Rejected AGAIN! Royal Academy Summer Exhibition


732 children (age 0-11) killed or injured in the USA in 2017. Source:  Gun Violence Archives

Data sourced from  the Gun Violence Archive and the Guardian. Photo and sculpture ©Jacky Chapman

This year’s theme for the Royal Academy summer show is ‘Art Made Now’.

“Fellow artists! 2018 marks the 250th anniversary of the Royal Academy, so the Summer Exhibition will celebrate a quarter of a millennium of artistic innovation. As coordinator, I have decided that the theme of the show will be ‘Art Made Now’. I want to champion the democracy of the exhibition and show off the diversity of art being made in this moment, so I encourage you to submit works that you have made in 2017/18″. Grayson Perry

My piece was submitted just hours before the horrific news came in of a mass shooting  at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on 14th February 2018. Seventeen students and teachers were killed and seventeen more were wounded, making it one of the world’s worst school massacres.

732 children (age 0-11) killed or injured in the USA in 2017. Source:  Gun Violence Archives

Data sourced from the Gun Violence Archive and the Guardian. Photo and sculpture ©Jacky Chapman

Despite my sculpture being very much of the moment, it was still rejected by the ‘great and the good’ tasked with judging this years entries.

The inspiration for the piece came from two sources. So my thanks go out to them:  firstly, to the Gun Violence Archive  — a not-for-profit corporation formed in 2013 to provide free online public access to accurate information about gun-related violence in the United States; and secondly to Aliza Aufrichtig who wrote an article in 2017 for the Guardian Mapping US gun murders at a micro level: new data zooms in on violence .

Entitled  ‘Eleven years under’ it represents the 732 children (aged between 0-11) killed or injured by guns during  2017 in the USA. This isn’t about drugs, gangs or mental illness, but about gun ownership and guns ending up in the hands of the innocent.

732 children (age 0-11) killed or injured in the USA in 2017. Source:  Gun Violence Archives

Data sourced from  the Gun Violence Archive and the Guardian. Photo and sculpture ©Jacky Chapman



11th Annual International Color Awards

Delighted to be a winner in the 11th Annual International Color Awards 2018.

I took a gamble this year and submitted a rather different take for the ‘Still Life’ category. The image was taken during my time as visiting assistant professor in photography and photographic design at NDU, Louaize, Beirut, Lebanon, in the late 1990’s.

Hospital for the disabled, Beirut, Lebanon

A 15-year civil war and conflicts with neighbours such as Israel have left Lebanon plagued by lasting danger, unexploded land mines and cluster munitions.

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So this was the email that came in late last night!

Press release

LOS ANGELES 13th March 2018

 Jacky Chapman of UK was presented with the 11th Annual International Color Awards Honorable Mention in the category of Still Life at a prestigious Nomination & Winners Photoshow streamed Saturday, March 10, 2018.

The live online gala was attended by over 12,500 photography fans around the globe who logged on to watch the climax of the industry’s most important event for color photography.

11th Annual Jury members included captains of the industry from Christie’s, Paris; Grey Group, New York; The Art Channel, London; Ogilvy & Mather, Amsterdam; Publicis Conseil, Paris; Preus Museum, Norway; Art Beatus, Hong Kong; Netflix, Los Angeles; Whitechapel Gallery, London; and Phillips, New York.

“Photography is more popular than ever. Last year around 1.2 trillion pictures were taken. In this awards show we pay tribute to the top 0.0000000001% of them” said Juror Martijn van Marle, Chief Creative Officer at Ogilvy & Mather, Amsterdam. Joshua White, Presenter and Producer on The Art Channel, London added “Judging this year’s submissions for the Color Awards was challenging. The winning images illustrate the continuing importance of photography as a way of seeing the world around us and understanding human experience.”

“It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 5,642 entries we received this year,” said Basil O’Brien, the awards Creative Director. Jacky Chapman’s “Hospital for the disabled, Beirut,” is an exceptional image entered in the Still Life category, represents contemporary color photography at its finest, and we’re pleased to present her with the title of Honorable Mention”

INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS is the leading international award honoring excellence in color photography. 


British Life Photography Awards – Royal Albert Hall

I feel very honoured to announce that one of my images is hanging on the walls of the Royal Albert Hall, London, UK.

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PLAYGROUND – Children in East London, commissioned for the Times Educational Supplement in 1997.  Commended in the portraiture category of the British Life Photography Awards

“The awards celebrate British life and culture, whilst also highlighting the relevance and importance of photography to raise awareness and inform. Documenting daily life has been a tradition for over a century, so just like the great documentary photographers of the past (and present) BLPA encourages photographers to elevate the commonplace and familiar into compelling or fascinating imagery through the craft, creativity and discipline of photography”


The exhibition at the Royal Albert Hall, London is available for  viewing by the public on:  13th, 14th, 20th, 21st, 27th and 28th of January between 10 am and 1pm. ( Check first with the Royal Albert Hall website – as these times could change).
It will then tour to to following venues
  • Redbrick Building, Glastonbury, Somerset. 12th February to 25th March 2018
  • Kirkleatham Museum, Redcar,Yorkshire. Early April to early June. 2018. (Dates to be confirmed)
  • The Auction Centre, Leyburn, North Yorkshire. 28th July to 9th September. 2018
  • Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries. 13th October to 17th November. 2018




“Today we remember with sorrow, with grief, with tears” Grenfell memorial service at St Paul’s.

Remembering those who died. An emotional memorial service held a

“Today we remember with sorrow, with grief, with tears. Today we ask why warnings were not heeded, why a community was left feeling neglected, uncared for, not listened to. Today we hold out hope that the public inquiry will get to the truth of all that led up to the fire at Grenfell Tower…and we trust that the truth will bring justice.” Graham Tomlin, Bishop of Kensington,


On 14th December, exactly six months after the catastrophic fire that destroyed Grenfell Tower, mourners gathered on the steps of St Paul’s after attending a memorial service. Some held white roses, other clutched onto photographs of loved ones who had lost their lives.

Armed police outside St Paul’s Cathedral


Raymond Bernard, known as Moses to his friends, died in the fire aged 63. IMG_0227“Gone but not forgotten, you are so dearly loved by us all and will be sadly missed by many. May you rest in eternal peace, with love always” Raymond Bernard’s family



Held together in collective grief.


“In this service we come together as people of different faiths and none, as we remember before God those whose lives were lost, and pray for them to be at peace; as we are alongside brothers and sisters who have lost their homes and their community and those they love; as we commit ourselves to care for each other and to be united in the face of suffering and sorrow; as we seek each other’s help and resolve to build on our hopes for a future in which the tragedy that struck the people of Grenfell Tower will never happen again,”   David Ison, Dean of St Paul’s



Remembrance, hope and unity. Grenfell Tower fire memorial at St Paul’s.


Today, exactly six months after the fatal fire, a memorial service at St Paul’s Cathedral was held.  About 1,500 people attended including the survivors and the relatives of those who died, local faith groups, and members of the emergency services who were there on that devastating night.


“Our community was devastated on the 14 June 2017. Months on, uncertainty and distress are still what we feel above anything else. Nothing significant has yet changed for the bereaved families and survivors of the fire. However, we hope that by gathering together to remember the tragedy we can begin to heal our community with the support of the whole country. United together, we can help light the way for what will undoubtedly be a long road ahead.  Shahin Sadafi, the chair of Grenfell United

On 16 November, following months of forensic investigations inside the burnt out shell of the tower, the death toll was confirmed at 71. This included Logan Gomes, who was stillborn on the day of the fire. Her heavily pregnant mother, escaped from the 21st floor, but suffered severe smoke inhalation on her way down.


 The Westway sports and fitness centre became one of the focal points for clothing donations. 


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The slide show above documents the scenes immediately after the fire.  Donations had been pouring in non-stop for about 24 hours. Volunteers sorted the clothing – boxed them up and loaded them on to awaiting vans. However the vans had nowhere to take them as warehouse space was in short supply and none of the local community centres had capacity to take any more donations.


Mixed emotions of the community – shock, grief, anger but most of all resilience.

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United in grief, all faiths gathered to pray for those who had perished, on that catastrophic day.  Two outdoor services occurred on Sunday 18th June in temperatures above 30C.  One, underneath the blackened shell of the tower block, conducted in both English and Arabic and despite being in the middle of Ramadan, Muslims came out to honour the dead. The second, a Christian gospel service, underneath the Westway, took the form of thunderous singing and praying and the release of balloons into the cloudless summer skies.


On a final note…. Homeless for Christmas

Recent figures just released acknowledge that dozens of families who survived the fire will be forced to spend Christmas in B&Bs. To put it simply, that means that whilst we are enjoying Christmas morning with our family and friends many survivors of Grenfell are facing their Christmas without a family home, cooking facilities, and loved ones. 

Kensington and Chelsea Council blame the lack of available housing as the reason why the process of finding permanent new homes for survivors has been “desperately slow” But without a permanent home how can they even start to rebuild there lives?

Six months after the catastrophic fire only 42 out of 208 families have been moved into permanent homes. Forty-eight are in temporary housing, eleven in serviced apartments, four living with loved ones and one hundred and three are still in hotels. This means that on Christmas day dozens of children will wake up in temporary shelter.

A sobering thought as we all enjoy the festive season……





NOMINEE ANNOUNCEMENT – 12th Annual Black and White Spider Awards

Happy to share that in the 12th annual edition of the B&W Spider Awards, my photograph ‘Aftermath. France’s forgotten migrant camp Grande-Synthe’ was nominated in the Still Life category.  The image forms part of a series of photographs covering the six month period before the final evictions from the Calais Jungle refugee camp, Northern France.

Aftermath. France’s ‘forgotten migrant camp Grande-Synthe.

Seemingly abstract images capture the lives of real people, in real time, fleeing oppression. Swathes of sodden clothing and other artifacts remain – shoes, boots, duvets, tents and sleeping bags. The objects look to be awaiting fossilization into future ancient relics and testaments to what may prove to be a forgotten history as the camp could well be eventually buried by new developments in northern France (Dunkirk).

LOS ANGELES October 2017- Professional photographer Jacky Chapman was presented with the 12th Annual Black and White Spider Awards Nominee title in the category of Still Life at a prestigious Nomination & Winners PhotoShow streamed Saturday, October 14, 2017.

The live online gala was attended by over 11,000 photography fans around the globe who logged on to watch the climax of the industry’s most important event for black and white photography. 12th Annual jury members included captains of the industry from The Armory Show, New York; Christie’s, London; McCann, Singapore; GQ, New York; Hot Docs Film Festival, Toronto; Y&R, Malaysia; Sharon Calahan, Pixar Animation Studios, Emeryville; Bloomsbury Auctions, London; and Donald Schneider Studios, Berlin who honored Spider Fellows with 672 coveted title awards and 1034 nominees in 31 categories.

“Spider Awards 2017 proves once again to be a great challenge for the jury to select the best images of the year. Every year this photographic competition increases its quality of content, reputation and prestige” said juror Andrea de Polo, Cultural Heritage Consultant at Fratelli Alinari Photo Archive in Florence.

Curator and Arts Writer Paola Anselmi added “Congratulations to all the winners. A great deal of humanity and soul in this year’s selection, maybe it is a sign of the times and a promise for future awards and photography in general.”

“It’s an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 8,121 entries we received this year” said Basil O’Brien, the awards Creative Director. “Jacky Chapman’s Aftermath. France’s ‘forgotten migrant camp Grande-Synthe’ is an exceptional image  representing black and white photography at its finest, and we’re pleased to present her with the title of Nominee.”

BLACK & WHITE SPIDER AWARDS is the leading international award honoring excellence in black and white 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 black and white photography.

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.

Voted #5 of TOP 12 Artworks of Salon des Refusés 2017


Photograph by Danielle Francis

Very pleased  to announce that my artwork ‘Dead in the water’ – 5,083 Gingerbread Refugees (2016)  was voted no. 5 in the Salon des Refusés.  This annual Exhibition of Artworks Rejected by the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition was held at Candid Arts Trust, Islington, London EC1V. Thank you to everyone who voted for me!

Top 12 based on general public votes


Edge of Humanity Magazine – Elderly Care Home In Beirut After 15 Years Of Civil War

Edge of Humanity Magazine has recently published Elderly Care Home In Beirut After 15 Years Of Civil War’

From 1996 to 2000, I was visiting assistant professor in photography and photographic design at NDU Louaize, Beirut, Lebanon.  Between 1975 and 1990, Lebanon suffered 15 years of civil war accompanied by distressing social, economic, physical and political ruin.

Throughout my frequent visits, I photographed the rebuilding of Lebanon and documented changing times in central Beirut.

This particular story, chosen by Edge of humanity magazine, depicts the  daily life within an elderly care home in Beirut, exposing loneliness, isolation, fragility, and sometimes the inadvertent neglect of its inhabitants.

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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