Chris Parkes

Photographic Officer

Photographic Officer Chris Parkes

My diverse skills, developed over 23 years of photography, have taken me from shooting in hailstorms in the UK to recording the experiences of those affected by conflict in NE Nigeria. My intimate storytelling makes people the agents of their own stories, and my eye-catching images have helped a wide range of national and international organisations bring their stories to life.

Born in the UK, but raised in South Africa during the last decade of apartheid and a member of the LGBTQIA community, I have developedd a powerful sense of how inequalities impact the human experience. I see visual storytelling as the bridge between empathy and change, that photographers have a moral obligation to depict the stories they tell with dignity and that the enduring popularity of photography makes it one of the core mediums in creating a fairer world.

My imagery often uses strong contrast and controlled lighting, and has been published in a wide range of national and international platfroms.