BA (Hons) Fine Art
Donald Christie has over 25 years experience as a professional photographer.
Initially Donald studied Fine Art in Newcastle, after graduating he moved to London and started to explore commercial and editorial photography. Four commissions that Donald carried out very early in his career set a template for what was to follow – these commissions were from Norman Rosenthal (Royal Academy), Colin Jacobson (Independent Saturday Magazine), Peter Saville (Factory Records) and Terry Jones (i-D).
Donald has extensive experience working internationally as a fashion, portrait and documentary/reportage photographer.
As a fashion photographer Donald was part of the influential 90’s mob of fashion photographers that worked around such publications as The Face, i-D and Dazed. Donald soon became established as an international fashion photographer working between London, Paris and New York in equal measure.
Portrait commissions also followed with commissions from The Observer, Telegraph, New York Times, Washington Post, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Interview Magazine, Details, Purple, Dazed amongst many others. Subjects have included Massive Attack, Sonic youth, New Order, Nick Cave, Pulp, Joe Strummer, DJ Shadow, Queen Latifah and The Jungle Brothers.
Donald has also instigated socially based projects and worked with charities. In 1999 a project was set up with
St John Opthalmic Hospital in East Jerusalem to help build their picture library. Two trips of two weeks were carried out, these trips were self funded (with professional support from commercial film processing labs and Fuji) and entailed working across the West Bank and Gaza. A photographic hight point was a study of Palestinian patients at the hospital’s main site, 130 large format (5×4) portraits over two mornings.
Donald is currently working with Peter Saville and the Manchester International Festival.
External Examiner – Fashion Photography, Falmouth University.
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