Charlie Varley is a British freelance photo journalist who has traveled the world, documenting global events from the sublime to the surreal, from celebrities and presidents to war and peace. He has spent time in Afghanistan documenting radical Hezb-e-islami rebels in the mid nineties and covered three tours in Kashmir photographing civil war.He was in Hong Kong for the handover and was at one time the official photographer for the Chivas Regal Elephant Polo teams in Nepal.
He has lived in America since 1996, spending three of those years chronicling daily life across 48 states from the front seat of a battered Ford Mustang before settling in New Orleans.
"I was in the Hyatt when the glass came out, I was standing next to the Mayor as the radios crackled with news of collapsing levees, I was in the 9th ward as the waters rose, I waded through fetid waterstrewn with debris and corpses. I photographed the misery and inhaled the stench in the Superdome and in the streets.I witnessed the destruction of one of the finest cities in America, her soul bared and exposed, her inequality and inefficiency laid out for all to see. And though it all I saw the grace, courage and dignity of her citizens, forced to flee their homes, their lives, their city, their history. I continue to document New Orleans as she stumbles down the long road to recovery. I hope from such destruction she is able to rise up, creating a city with equality for all, free from the violence of the past and a levee system her people can truly rely upon to protect them. I trust her soul will be repaired. May we never forget the displaced and those who perished.
Varley continues to document New Orleans, the region and her residents in their continuing battle to recover from the storm."
His photographs appear in the book ‘One Dead in Attic’ by Times Picayune Columnist Chris Rose in New Orleans, published February, 2006.His images are consistently published in
newspapers, magazines, books, on the Internet
and on television around the world, including
but not limited to the following publications;
Newsweek, Time, Daily Telegraph, Sunday
Telegraph, The Times, Sunday Times, The Sun,
Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror, Today, Daily
Mail, Sunday Express, Daily Star,
Independent, The Guardian, Observer, News of
the World, Globe, National Enquirer, New York
Times, LA Times, Sydney Morning Herald,
Playboy,Women's Weekly, Tattler,Time Out,
South China Morning Post, MSNBC, ABC News,
Channel 4, BBC,, Wall Street Journal, Toronto
Globe and Mail, Irish Independent, The
Village Voice,Business Week, Essence
Magazine, and many others.
For more information about Charlie Varley, please visit the artist's website at http://www.varleypix.com.
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