Exhibition

Harold Chapman at 90 - Not Only The Beat Hotel

4 Jun 2017 – 2 Jul 2017

Event times

Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 4pm Sunday 11am - 2pm

Cost of entry

Free

Linden Hall Studio

Deal
Kent, United Kingdom

Address

Travel Information

  • Deal Station

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An exhibition of photographs by Harold Chapman.

About

Harold Chapman was born in Deal in 1927.  As a child, his father introduced him to the magic of photography.  Harold was self-taught.  He started his career as a jazz photographer in Soho.  Meeting Vogue photographer, John Deakin, changed his life. He went to Paris and became a street photographer and was soon working for The New York Times.  

Harold freelanced fashion shows for the American press.  He illustrated books and freelanced for medical magazines.  He researched the material for a series of social history books and helped to found a regional magazine in the South of France.  

By chance in the flea market in Montpellier, he met a young publisher, Francois Lagarde, who went on to publish The Beat Hotel in 1984.  

Harold returned to Deal in 1993.  In 2010 Proud Chelsea showed photos from the Beat Hotel in a major exhibition organised by the picture library, TopFoto.  A film called The Beat Hotel directed by Alan Govenar of Documentary Arts was released in 2012.

Novelist Ian McEwan says: "If Chapman were merely a chronicler in a great documentary tradition, his achievement would be impressive enough... But it was constructive paranoia that made him an artist.”

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