Join us on Friday, January 26 for an artist talk with legendary rock photographer, Chalkie Davies. His interest in Classical Music and Painting has led to the creation of a highly illustrated lecture on the Art of Photography and its relationship with 15-16th Century Paintings. The lecture will take place at noon in room 165 at the Center for the Visual Arts at Kent State (325 Terrace Dr. Kent, Ohio). FREE and open to the public.
His lecture will be presented as a musical Tableaux, Davies has spent many months photographing paintings that interest him and comparing them to his work, as well as creating short slide shows that give his view on photography, the influences on his photography and insights into how he worked with his clients, many of whom remain lifelong friends.
Chalkie Davies was born in Wales in 1955. Initially training as an Aircraft Engineer he joined the Rock and Roll Circus in 1973 after photographing David Bowie’s last concert as Ziggy Stardust.
For the next fifteen years he worked for the (NME) New Musical Express and The Face, and also shot many Record Covers for people like Elvis Costello, Thin Lizzy, David Bowie, David Gilmour, Robert Plant, The Who, The Pretenders and The Specials.
He collected Rock Stars like others collected Stamps, amassing a fine collection of them. His work has been exhibited all over the World and he had a major Retrospective at the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff in 2015. Over 43,000 people attended that show.
In 1988 he moved to New York Where he turned to still life, producing advertising for companies like Apple, Clinique, and the New York Times.