Cam Chapman grew up in Seattle, Washington.
There as a young sports photographer who deftly
immortalized racing machines, he discovered
his life's passion.
In 1979, he moved to Chicago to launch his
commercial business, Cam Chapman Photography, Inc.
For more than 25 years, Cam's photos have defined
the etherial elegance of motion, the unique art hiding
in the most mundane advertising object.
His commercial images have influenced consumers
worldwide. Cam's work has been featured on
Kelloggs' cereal boxes, McDonald's menu boards
and countless consumer packaging and print ads
over the years.
Working before the days of photoshop, Cam had only a single sheet of film- just one shot, to capture the magic that would be the cornerstone of ad campaigns for companies like Coca Cola, Quaker Oats, Nike shoes, Firestone Tires, Allstate Insurance and Lockheed. Not only did this require the highest level of skill in lighting and photography, but
also in set design. Cam is a master at building sets, jigs, and complex contraptions to allow synchronization of
multiple events to occur at precisely the right moment. His specialty was stop-motion photography of liquids and
gasses. Capturing the perfect splash of milk from a strawberry dropping into a bowl of cereal, or the explosion of
"effervescence" when the cap was popped off an ice-cold bottle of Coke- this was where Cam stood above the
competition. Art directors from all over the country would travel to Cam's studio in Chicago specifically for his
expertise in this area.
His innate ability to conceptualize, build elements, and manipulate a subject have been recognized with awards by
Communication Arts, Print Regional Design Annual, and The Art Director's Club of New York. His expertise as a
leading-edge digital illustrator landed him a coveted panelist position at the 2001 Adobe Masters Class Designers
Invitational. He is a published contributor for Electronic Step-By-Step Magazine, and the developer of Rotate My
And apparently, he has a personal relationship with LIGHT. Cam says he " first feels it rising", then "hears it
arriving", and he gently invites it to his composition, willing it to "perform".
His work shines with this instinct.
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