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Born in England, he worked in theatre and television for the first ten years of his professional life before moving to photography. He is noted for his square format images using a 6x6 Hasselblad.
Waite is the recipient of a number of awards including the prestigious Honorary Fellowship to the British Institute of Professional Photography as well as Amateur Photography's 'Power of Photography Award' and is frequently invited all over the world to give lectures on landscape photography. He was awarded status of Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society in 2014 and was invited to exhibit at the Royal Academy of Arts, London in summer 2015.
A leading expert in this field, Charlie has contributed and written columns for The Daily Telegraph, contributed to The Sunday Times, Independent, Observer and The Guardian newspapers. He has also presented a number of photography television series for ITV along with frequent appearances on BBC Breakfast and BBC Countryfile. Huw Edwards recently interviewed Waite for BBC News Channel in respect of his travels in Libya days before the revolution and about his exhibition- Silent Exchange at The National Theatre.
He has held over 30 solo exhibitions across Europe, the USA, Japan and Australia including venues at the Goldstrom Gallery on Broadway, New York in 2001, Hope at the OXO Gallery in London in 2002 and Earthscapes at The Centre For Photographic Art in Carmel, California in 1999.
He has lectured throughout the UK, Europe and the United States, published over twenty-eight books on photography and is a regular contributor to photography magazines and was guest editor and contributor for the RPS Journal, August edition in 2015.
He also runs and teaches in a photographic tour company called Light and Land. Charlie Waite founded UK Landscape Photographer of the Year ( Take-a-View) competition in 2006, now entering its 10th year.
Waite's style combines graphic finesse with an almost spiritual quality of calm and serenity. His distinctive treatment of historic Mediterranean landscapes in particular is instantly recognisable.
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