Monday, 1 July 2013
Q & A with Chalkie Davies
When I was a child, my local library in Manor House Gardens in South London had a copy of Pointed Portraits by Chalkie Davies. I borrowed this book dozens of times as I loved all the brilliant photographs of my favourite bands and singers. I would sit and look for ages at these images some of which were portraits of my heroes. When I was at primary school one of the records that meant most to be was the debut album by The Specials. Again, I didn't own actually own the album but my aunt loaned it to me and because I wasn't sure when she'd demand it back, I played it an awful lot. Before going to school I would sometimes stand in the mirror and try and copy the pose of each member of the band. In my eyes the photographs of Chalkie Davies seemed great then and they seem great now. I was delighted to see Mr Davies was on Facebook and up for answering a few questions. The Rebel: Of all the people you photographed who was the least enjoyable to be around? "Lou Reed, and I did him twice. Same both times." "Truthfully, I don't know who he is, I'm just starting to sell my work via Galleries, Museums are next on my agenda." The Rebel:Is there any advice you wish you'd received when you started out as a photographer? "Blurry pictures can be cool too. I spent way too long doing sharp ones." The Rebel: Has 2013 been a good year for you so far? "Yes, I did a huge job shooting 28 different Yoghurt labels, I spent six weeks in post production. I celebrated 40 years as a photographer. Scum came out on BluRay. Black Sabbath's first album was released in Japan for $70 as a SHM-SACD and I'm an audiophile. I live in Manhattan but can't drive so I don't have a car, but I have a killer stereo system that costs the same."
Posted by The Rebel Magazine at 02:40