Harold freelanced fashion shows for the American press. He illustrated books and freelanced for medical magazines. He researched the material for a series of social history books and helped to found a regional magazine in the South of France.
By chance in the flea market in Montpellier, he met a young publisher, Francois Lagarde, who went on to publish The Beat Hotel in 1984.
Harold returned to Deal in 1993. In 2010 Proud Chelsea gallery in London showed photos from the Beat Hotel in a major exhibition organised by the picture library, TopFoto. A film called The Beat Hotel directed by Alan Govenar of Documentary Arts was released in 2012. In 2017 Linden Hall Studio exhibited over 100 of his original works in a major exhibition entitled – ‘Not Only The Beat Hotel’.
Booker Prize-winning British novelist, Ian McEwan says:
“If Chapman were merely a chronicler in a great documentary tradition, his achievement would be impressive enough. His lustrous landscapes of the Herault valley in the Languedoc, his priceless record of the Beat Hotel, his omnivorous, year-on-year transcription of daily life and its little undercurrents, would ensure his reputation as a photographer of the first rank. But it was constructive paranoia that made him an artist.”
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