Chris Chapman began his photographic career at the Newport College of Art in where he was invited to join the Documentary Photography Course run by the Magnum photographer, David Hurn. In 1975 he moved to Dartmoor, since when he has documented aspects of Dartmoor life. His photographs reflect traditional skills inherent in the indigenous population and emphasise the accumulation of knowledge associated with age and customs. He has a large archive depicting the culture and character of the region.
His photography has been widely recognised and is represented in both public and private collections, including those of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Arts Council of England and the International Center of Photography in New York.
In the early 1990’s he worked as presenter and photographer for the HTV television series, Secrets of the Moor. Each series consisted of six programmes exploring the landscape, history and culture of the differing regions within the South West of England.
Chris Chapman is also working on a long-term project with Dr Tom Greeves and Sue Andrew of the Dartmoor Society, documenting the medieval triple hare roof bosses that appear in many of Devon’s churches and beyond. The Three Hares Project is supported by Devon County Council, the Devonshire Association, Dartmoor National Park Authority, Videotel Productions, private individuals and the Classical Chinese Puzzle Foundation.