Chris Walter grew up in Surrey, just south of London. While still attending school, Chris went to a Little Richard concert and took his first pictures. A fellow concertgoer asked him for a photo. The idea of taking music pictures was set. Most photographers shooting pop music at that time worked for newspapers but in 1963 Chris joined the pioneering handful who shot Rock And Roll professionally and specialized only in music and entertainment.
It was the beginning of the greatest music era and shooting all the new, established and visiting acts available in the
UK in the 1960's and 1970's gave Chris a huge variety of
archival material, shooting all over the UK and regularly
visiting Paris or Amsterdam and other European cities to
shoot with British acts visiting there.
If possible Chris's way of shooting was always to use
available light. "I loved taking available light photos.
Direct flash even then never seemed real. If flash could not be
avoided then I'd always try bounce, off a wall or ceiling,
to still make it feel real."
On moving to California in 1977 he continued shooting all
kinds of music material for a variety of UK, European and Japanese
publications. In the eighties when Metal became huge
business his UK colleagues persuaded him to use
Photofeatures to represent them in the US and the business
became the biggest supplier to US publications in that
genre, and also to European publications from US
Chris continues to be one of the most published music
photographers world wide, with many album covers, magazines,
newspapers, books, documentaries, television and motion
pictures utilizing his classic music material. This includes
recent Rod Stewart, Jimi Hendrix, Doors, Donovan and Who
CD/DVD covers and books with Jimmy Page / Led Zeppelin, Bee Gees, Keith Moon, John Lennon and more.
Chris celebrated 50 years of Rock 'N' Roll in 2013.