Talk: Dean Chalkley – Tues 19th Jan, 2016

Kicking of 2016 in style, we’re very pleased to welcome photographer and director, Dean Chalkley down to Brighton for our first free talk of the year. Dean’s work spans a huge variety of subjects, but he’s perhaps best known for his work in fashion and music, and his documentation of UK sub-cultures. Dean will also have a small number of his ‘Return of the Rudeboy’ books to buy on the evening (signed!).


Tuesday 19th Jan. Doors at 6pm, kicks off at 7pm. Free Entry at  The Old Market, Brighton. Free Entry.


young souls northern soul project by dean chalkley

Young Souls – Talc (by Dean Chalkley)

amy winehouse

Amy Winehouse – Dean Chalkley / NME / Time Inc (UK) Ltd

bevan agyemang_RotR

Return of the Rudeboy – Bevan Agyemang (by Dean Chalkley)

Young Souls_Jamers Whitehead

Young Souls – James Dances (by Dean Chalkley)

Never Turn Back

Never Turn Back – Pill Box (by Dean Chalkley)

Dean Chalkley is an award winning photographer / director based in London.

Early photographic commissions came from Dazed & Confused magazine, whilst Dean was still studying at Blackpool and the Fylde College in 1998. Since then, he’s continued to reflect his love of the ‘individual’ and culture – sub or popular. Often commissioned work traverses the worlds of music and fashion, but his creative reach is broad and not restricted to those genres.

A close and long running association with the NME Magazine has produced many iconic images.  Recently one of his covers was voted in the top 3 best NME covers of all time.  Dean is a regular contributor to well known editorial publications including The Observer Magazine, The Sunday Times Magazine, cutting edge magazines like The New British and Jocks & Nerds.  His images have graced many record sleeves and he has created high profile campaigns for brands including Ray-Ban, Levi’s and Adidas.

Film credits include Young Souls, Serge, Strip, The Arena, the haunting film for Prinzhorn Dance School’s Reign and a teaser for the National Theatres Husbands & Sons featuring Anne-Marie Duff.

Dean’s work has been exhibited in galleries across the UK and overseas, including Somerset House, The V&A, The Turner Contemporary, Fomu, The Royal Albert Hall, Museum Folkwang, and LaForet Museum in Japan.

In 2013, Dean began collaborating with renowned creative director Harris Elliott on the Return of the Rudeboy project. This body of work is a significant marker to an under-documented but important sub-cultural group. Return of the Rudeboy was first presented in Somerset House London 2014 and consequently at LaForet Museum Tokyo 2015. In June 2015, Dean and Harris released the self-published book, ‘Return of the Rudeboy Dean Chalkley x Harris Elliott’

Dean’s most recent project, created in 2015, is ‘Never Turn Back’, a photographic essay based around a group of 6 young friends from the English county of Norfolk. This road trip series of large Black & White photographic prints unlocks an elemental narrative, highlighting the importance of friendship and the rawness of the elements.


Tuesday 19th Jan. Doors at 6pm, kicks off at 7pm. Free Entry at  The Old Market, Brighton. Free Entry.


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