Harold Chapman


Following the success of Linden Hall Studio’s June exhibition – ‘Harold Chapman at 90, Not Only The Beat Hotel’ the gallery is proud to announce that we will be exclusively offering a selection of previously un-shown works, by the great Beat Hotel Photographer – Harold Chapman.
This collection, are the last photographs from Harold’s most well known street-photography periods. Les Halles and Paris in the 1960’s and Kings Road, London 1970’s. All images are the final original prints, each developed and printed by Harold himself, taken directly from his archive.
Harold Chapman was born in Deal in 1927.  As a child, his father introduced him to the magic of photography.  Harold was self-taught.  He started his career as a jazz photographer in Soho.  Meeting Vogue photographer, John Deakin, changed his life.  He went to Paris and became a street photographer and was soon working for The New York Times.  In 1957 he moved into the Beat Hotel occupied by, among others Alan Ginsberg and other writers and artists of the Beat generation. Then a hotel with no name – on the Left Bank, and lived there untill it closed in 1963.
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.”


All works are for sale –

Mounted – £330.00            Framed – £375.00







To make an enquiry about any of Harold Chapman photographs, please contact us or call 01304 360411.