Charlie Varley is a British freelance photojournalist who has traveled the world documenting the sublime to the surreal for the most demanding media and commercial clients on the planet, covering everything from celebrities and presidents to war and peace. Varley spent time in Afghanistan documenting radical Hezb-e-Islami rebels in the mid-nineties and covered three assignments in Kashmir photographing civil war and was present for the handover of Hong Kong.
Varley has lived in America since 1996, spending three of those years chronicling daily life across 48 states from the front seat of a battered Ford Mustang before settling in New Orleans. He was in the Grand Hyatt in New Orleans when hurricane Katrina struck and on the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico following BP's disastrous Macondo Well blowout. Varley continues to document New Orleans, the region and her residents.
He shot stills for Spike Lee and his documentary movies 'When the Levees Broke' and 'If God is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise.' His images appear in Chris Rose's original version of the book 'One Dead in Attic.'
Varley’s images are consistently published in newspapers, magazines and books, and on websites and television, and shown in group and solo exhibitions worldwide.