Jake Chessum’s naturally spontaneous and exuberant approach to photography has led to a long and varied career. His timeless and engaging celebrity portraits have appeared in many prestigious magazines including GQ, Men’s Journal, New York Magazine, Glamour, Paper, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times Magazine and Esquire. The range of celebrities he has been commissioned to shoot span the worlds of film, politics, sports and music and includes: Robert De Niro, Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Douglas, Mickey Rourke, Vince Vaughn, Chris Rock, Jennifer Connelly, 50 Cent, Rush Limbaugh, Hillary Clinton, Shaun White, Alec Baldwin, Reggie Bush, Spike Lee, Coldplay, Kofi Annan, Sir Ian McKellen, Bill Gates…the list goes on and on.
Chessum studied graphic design at St. Martin’s School of Art and after graduating began his photography career in London, where his first commission was for The Face magazine. This led to an enduring relationship with the title. The Face sent him to NYC and LA where he got a taste of life and work in the United States.