Jeffrey Chapman is a freelance cultural, humanitarian and world photographer dedicated to visually communicating stories of hope and dignity of those without voices loud enough to tell their own stories. He is interested in the human experience and strives to nurture cultural appreciation and preservation. He works primarily for humanitarian NGOs and leads photography adventures around the world. He is an inaugural member of the International Guild of Visual Peacemakers and is on the Advisory Council of Focus for Humanity.
Jeffrey first began exploring photography as a child living in northern Canada, and as a young adult he briefly studied printing at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. However, before devoting himself vocationally to photography Jeffrey became a licensed pilot, completed a BA in History in Heidelberg, Germany and a MSc in International Economics at Bocconi in Milan, Italy and worked as a director for a World Bank project in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of western China, as an advisor to the Japanese government’s JETRO office in Italy, and as an internationalization and strategy consultant working with corporate clients, presidents and prime ministers in Europe, Asia and North America.
When not working on photography assignments or leading photography workshops, Jeffrey can be found working as an advocate for refugees (primarily Burmese Karen, Bhutanese, Somali and Iraqi) who are resettling in the United States. He is married to horseback riding instructor and artist Silvia Ferrari. They live with their two dogs, Amélie and Brina, in the countryside of New York State.