Christopher Davies has over 30 years experience as a professional photographer. In 1976, he received a full scholarship to attend the New York School of Film and Media at SUNY Buffalo. In 1977, he also received a full scholarship to attend the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
Mentors include photographers Joseph Szabo, Peter Laytin and Peter B Kaplan. During the period of 1977 to 1980, Davies freelanced documenting Rock and Roll performers for Concerts East and The Calderone Theatre on Long Island.
In 1981, for purposes of financial prosperity, Davies embarked on an 18-year marketing career in the Photographic Industry. He held senior management positions for industry leaders such as GMI Photographic (Bronica), Satter Distributing and The Charles Beseler Company. Davies also co-founded Challenger Photo Marketing, the early US agent for Billingham Camera Bags, Paterson/Phillips Enlargers and Widelux Cameras.
In 1997, Davies joined Petersen Photographic Magazine as Sales Manager, covering advertising sales to Nikon, Kodak, Minolta and Tamron, to name a few. All of this industry contact with some of the world's most talented photographers, gave him the inspiration to jump start his professional photography activities.
Peter Layton and Minor White influenced Davies early work. As a fellow devotee of Kodak Black & White Infrared Film (yes, film! Remember those days?), Davies has experimented and developed special lighting and filtration techniques yielding interesting results. In the 1990’s this sparked the attention of Eastman Kodak’s professional film marketing department who sponsored Davies’ by providing free “brick’s” of this expensive film. Some of his most notable works include documentaries of the Golden Gate Bridge and Taos, New Mexico.
In 2002, Davies and his wife Darcy launched Wine Country Network, the publishing company for Wine Country International, a glossy print magazine focused on wine, food and travel. As Editor and Publisher, Davies shoots major cover assignments for the magazine. His celebrity profiles have included A&E's Bill Curtis, Super Star Chef Daniel Boulud and NASCAR team owner Richard Childress.
When he is not traveling the world for Wine Country International, Davies covers freelance photo journalistic and architectural assignments in his current home state of Colorado.
In 2008, Davies won the assignment from Westfield Development to document the construction of 1800 Larimer St, Denver. The building is the first LEED-CS Platinum Pre-Certified High Rise West of the Mississippi. He is created more than 5,000 photographs of the construction. This 2-year documentary concluded in July 2010.
Davies plans to produce a photo educational book on the documentary with comprehensive sections on the benefits green construction. A traveling exhibition of large format photographs is planned for 2011.
Davies continues as chief photographer for Wine Country International magazine. He is also covering assignments for Guidepost Publishing, Scholastic and a host of Denver based restaurants and wine industry clients.
Christopher J Davies | PO Box 6023 | Broomfield, CO 80021
• General Member of The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP)
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