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TPS 2020: Five quick questions with pro photographer Chase Jarvis

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US photographer Chase Jarvis will speak on The Photography Show's Super Stage on 14 March (Image credit: Chase Jarvis)

Award-winning photographer and entrepreneur Chase Jarvis is one of the most influential photographers of the past 20 years – and he will be among the headliners at The Photography Show, taking place 14-17 March in Birmingham, UK. 

His expansive portfolio ranges from shooting advertising campaigns for mega-brands including Apple, Nike and Red Bull, working with athletes including Tony Hawk and Serena Williams, and collaborating with global icons including Lady Gaga and Richard Branson. 

The founder of online community CreativeLive, Chase will inspire attendees at The Photography Show to harness their creativity, delving into his wealth of experience as a photographer, entrepreneur and creator. Catch him on the Super Stage on Saturday 14 March at 1.15pm. 

Tickets for the Super Stage speakers are available now for £12 each. The talks will be held in the Toute Suite, just outside the Show's main hall. And if you're wondering what else is on, here's everything you need to know about The Photography Show

In the meantime, find out more about Chase and his career to date as he answers five quick questions ahead of his Super Stage appearance… 

'Paris, France' by Chase Jarvis. Catch him at The Photography Show on Saturday 14 March at 1.15pm (Image credit: Chase Jarvis)

Five quick questions with Chase Jarvis    

1. You shoot varied and diverse images including sport, lifestyle and street scenes – plus landscapes, still life and Polaroids. How do you maintain consistency so an audience can still identify with your work?

It's important to develop your own personal style through repetition and volume. If your personal style is well developed and you know who you are and what kind of photos you want to make, then it becomes second nature. You could only ever do you. 

2. How does your weekly podcast influence you as a person and a photographer?

It started out selfishly to learn and be inspired by people outside the photo industry like Brené Brown, Richard Branson, Jared Leto, Tim Ferriss, etc. 

Building a community of people from different disciplines has profoundly affected my work because it avoids the echo chamber that the photography industry can be. 

Photographer and entrepreneur Chase Jarvis, a Super Stage speaker at The Photography Show  (Image credit: The Photography Show)

3. How does storytelling vary from a single image in photography to being able to have more time to develop a narrative with moving images? 

When I'm forced in photography to make an entire narrative in one frame, it's complex and I'm always wishing I had moving pictures. 

And the opposite is also true. When shooting moving images, I've got things like time and audio to consider. The grass is always greener as each has its own constraints. 

4. On extreme assignments (eg mountains), where keeping equipment to a minimum is vital, what are the three essential pieces of kit you absolutely cannot do without – perhaps a favourite lens? 

It depends on what I'm shooting, but a fantastic base kit is two [Nikon] D5 bodies, a 14-24mm f2.8, a 24-70mm f2.8 and a 70-200 f2.8.

5. With so many people taking up photography and videography now, how can photographers and videographers stay fresh and pioneering? 

There's only one you. Focus on making pictures that only you can make. 

'Dive', by The Photography Show 2020 Super Stage speaker Chase Jarvis  (Image credit: Chase Jarvis)

Booking details 

Catch Chase Jarvis on the Super Stage on Saturday 14 March at 1.15pm. Tickets cost £12. 

There are over 200 exhibitors and over 300 free talks and demonstrations at The Photography Show, and sister event The Video Show. 

Tickets for the main show are available now, and you can get 20% off standard adult tickets if you buy them before 11 March – just use the code DCWTPS20 when checking out. 

Don't miss the other Super Stage speakers 

Susan Meiselas
Documentary photographer and photojournalist  

Perhaps best known for covering the insurrection in Nicaragua and human rights issues in Latin America in the late 1970s and 1980s, Susan has been a member of Magnum Photos since 1980 and has produced an extensive body of work. Find out more about it during her 'A Life Through Photography' talk on the Super Stage. 

Read '5 Quick Questions with Susan Meiselas'. 

 Saturday 14 March 2019, 3.30pm

Ross Halfin
Music and landscapes photographer  

Anyone into their classic rock might want to hold onto their hats. Music photographer Ross Halfin has captured bands such as Aerosmith, Kiss, Metallica and The Hollywood Vampires – and now he's going to be taking to the Super Stage to discuss his craft, 'Four Stages of Rock: A Conversation with Ross Halfin'. 

Monday 16 March 2019, 1.15pm

David Yarrow
Award-winning photographer and conservationist 

Having started out as a press photographer covering sports events, Yarrow is now best known for his valuable work in wildlife conservation – sales of his prints have raised over £2.2 million for conservation NGOs, children's education in Africa and medical charities around the world. 

Monday 16 March 2019, 3.15pm 

Juno Calypso
Fine art photographer 

Juno's latest project, titled 'What To Do With A Million Years', saw her shoot a series in a Las Vegas bunker-mansion. She'll be discussing how and why she creates her photos, how she accesses the bizarre locations she uses, and the enduring allure of 'exposing herself'. She will also discuss her meticulously crafted self-portraits that feature her fictional alter-ego 'Joyce'. 

Read 5 Quick Questions with Juno Calypso 

Tuesday 17 March 2019, 1.15pm

Brooke Shaden
Conceptual fine art photographer 

Closing the line-up of Super Stage speakers, Shaden will be sharing how she led the charge into inclusive art – her award-winning photos are rich in storytelling and weave dark, whimsical and beautiful tales.

Tuesday 17 March 2019, 3.30pm 

Read more about The Photography Show:

The Photography Show 2020: everything you need to know
Download your free 32-page Photography Show 2020 preview
Line-ups for Photo Live & The Studio stages at TPS 2020 
10 great travel photography tips from a professional photographer