JAMES CHEADLE PHOTOGRAPHER

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James grew up in a small but perfectly formed city in the west of England in the 70′s and 80′s called Bath. It wasn’t until he was nearly 13 that he discovered that he enjoyed taking photographs when his Dad let him borrow his Practika SLR to take pictures on a small farm in the south of France where the Cheadle family were spending their annual summer holiday.

The next year James was lucky enough to be amongst the first wave of kids in his local authority to be offered photography GCSE at his school, Beechen Cliff school for boys.. Along with maths this was the only subject he could get his teeth into..


Moving forward a few years and James is slowly losing the pigmentation in his skin due to working long hours in the darkrooms of the Bath Evening Chronicle. Only if he behaved himself was he allowed to venture out at the weekends with an old Nikon F3 and take pictures for the paper of school fetes and 100th birthdays.

A couple of years on James craved full time daylight so much he accepted a job as a staff photographer with Solent News in sunny Southampton. He spent 5 happy years on England’s south coast regaining the colour in his skin and shooting everything from the trial of Rose West at Winchester Crown Court to the silky skills of Matt Le Tissier banging in goals at the Dell for the UK’s national newspapers. After five years James was offered a staff position at EMAP, the UK’s largest publisher of consumer magazines, working across their sporting titles. This meant a move to Peterborough in England’s East Midlands and three great years whizzing around the UK and flying around the world shooting some of the world’s most newsworthy sportsmen and events.


In 2000 James decided to break free of permanent employment and go it alone.. Eleven years on and he hasn’t looked back. He’s hiked in the Andes to shoot inter-village fist fights, crossed the Sahara (twice) in a car bought off eBay for a couple of hundred quid, Noodled in Oklahoma, bought a house in Detroit for a hundred quid and driven an auto-rickshaw across India….twice, all to shoot a good story.


Still traveling extensively to all four corners of the globe James works for a host of UK and International clients in publishing, television, advertising and PR. He’s equally at home shooting Hollywood portraits, reportage, sports or ads. Check out the “quotes” page to see what people are saying about his work.
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Editorial | Advertising | Sports | Portrait
James grew up in a small but perfectly formed city in the west of England in the 70′s and 80′s called Bath. It wasn’t until he was nearly 13 that he discovered that he enjoyed taking photographs when his Dad let him borrow his Practika SLR to take pictures on a small farm in the south of France where the Cheadle family were spending their annual summer holiday. The next year James was lucky enough to be amongst the first wave of kids in his local authority to be offered photography GCSE at his school, Beechen Cliff school for boys.. Along with maths this was the only subject he could get his teeth into.. Moving forward a few years and James is slowly losing the pigmentation in his skin due to working long hours in the darkrooms of the Bath Evening Chronicle. Only if he behaved himself was he allowed to venture out at the weekends with an old Nikon F3 and take pictures for the paper of school fetes and 100th birthdays. A couple of years on James craved full time daylight so much he accepted a job as a staff photographer with Solent News in sunny Southampton. He spent 5 happy years on England’s south coast regaining the colour in his skin and shooting everything from the trial of Rose West at Winchester Crown Court to the silky skills of Matt Le Tissier banging in goals at the Dell for the UK’s national newspapers. After five years James was offered a staff position at EMAP, the UK’s largest publisher of consumer magazines, working across their sporting titles. This meant a move to Peterborough in England’s East Midlands and three great years whizzing around the UK and flying around the world shooting some of the world’s most newsworthy sportsmen and events. In 2000 James decided to break free of permanent employment and go it alone.. Eleven years on and he hasn’t looked back. He’s hiked in the Andes to shoot inter-village fist fights, crossed the Sahara (twice) in a car bought off eBay for a couple of hundred quid, Noodled in Oklahoma, bought a house in Detroit for a hundred quid and driven an auto-rickshaw across India….twice, all to shoot a good story. Still traveling extensively to all four corners of the globe James works for a host of UK and International clients in publishing, television, advertising and PR. He’s equally at home shooting Hollywood portraits, reportage, sports or ads. Check out the “quotes” page to see what people are saying about his work.