Christopher Joyce was a leading British photographer who made his name not only as a highly respected commercial London based photographer, but also as an imaginative and versatile artist. The quality of his work put him amongst the elite photographers who were hired, not because they took photographs that simply complied to a client’s brief, but because they had a unique vision.
Born in Tunbridge Wells in 1943, he attended Cranbrook School and then a one-year course in photography at Brighton Art College.
He started his career in the mid 1960’s as an assistant in a large London studio named Carlton Artists, and went on to assist various prestigious photographers such as Barry Lategan. At the age of 24 he started his own studio in London’s Soho, specialising in still life commissions for advertising agencies.
In 1975 he became the chairman of the Association of Fashion, Advertising and Editorial Photographers (AFAEP), and instituted changes that transformed this fledgling organisation into the most prestigious body representing photographers in Britain.
He wrote and was featured in articles for many British and continental magazines including The British Journal of Photographers. He also acted as a judge for Kodak, the Dutch association PANL and the annual Fuji Student Award.
In the early 1980’s he began developing his personal work further, and this would be exhibited internationally, including London, Tokyo, Amsterdam and his hometown of Brighton, East Sussex.
Latterly he was invited onto the board of the CPRE, Campaign to Protect Rural England, alongside other renowned photographers such as Terence Donovan, Fay Godwin and Patrick Lichfield.
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