John Chapple was born and raised on the rugged North Devon coast of England, where the spectacular scenery inspired him to pick up a camera at the age of 14. Self-taught, John began a successful career as a news photographer in the UK, and then overseas in both Australia and the US. During the past 20 years he has become a regular contributor to a wide variety of publications from The Times of London to Rolling Stone and everything in between.
Assignments have included the 9/11 atrocities in New York, Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and the Columbine High School shootings in Colorado. John has also captured the lighter side of life covering Hollywood red carpet events featuring the biggest names in showbiz, and stunning celebrity portraits of stars including Jon Bon Jovi, Shirley McClaine, Samuel L. Jackson and Hilary Swank.
It was while traveling on assignments across the globe that John found his love for landscapes. Combining the two interests, photography and travel, he discovered his true passion.
Now John spends his time discovering little known corners of the world to shoot in his unique and memorable style. The married, father-of-two has returned to his coastal roots – albiet 5000 miles away from Devon – currently living on the coast of Southern California.
Coming full circle, John has gone from shooting on film to digital imagery, and now returns to film. For his panoramic images he uses a Linhof Technorama 617s III. This camera is unique in that the negatives are a huge 6 x 17 centimeters, with only four exposures per film. He also used a 50 megapixel digital Hasselblad and a top of the range 1DS Canon digital camera. Striving for the best possible quality in fine art prints, he uses a large format Epson printer and archival materials.
John’s philosophy as a photographer has always been to blend traditional techniques from the past with the technical advances of the future.