Chloe Sells began her career as a professional fine-art photographer in 2001, although she began making photographs in 1993. She has traveled extensively throughout the world, and currently lives between Maun, Botswana and Los Angeles, California.
The work of Chloe Sells forms a visual confederacy that explores paradox in overlapping identities, histories and geographies. Chloe documents what she sees, but her personal experience and empathy with her subject-matter acts as a filter of abstraction, yielding an interpretation of each frame that defies the first impression. Thus, through the process of appropriating stories from places that she visits or lives in, the imagery becomes a physical and emotional remapping. The extensive geographical scope of her work draws the threads of her interpretation together, and remind us of the universality of the human experience.
Chloe still shoots film, utilizing Linhof 4x5 and Contax 645 cameras. She works exclusively in colour, the texture and tones of which are seminal to her images. Her interest in the world around her, in art and people and life's possibilities has drawn her to many occupations tangential to her personal work, including working with an eclectic and talented staff at Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass, Colorado, where she offered her hand as a teaching assistant and working (very) late nights as writer's assistant to Hunter S Thompson.
2000 BFA Rhode Island School of Design major in Photographic Arts
2006, Out of Africa Always Something New, Art Basel Miami; 2007 High and Dry, Smoke and Fog, Phantom Galleries, Los Angeles; January - February 2009 - LIVASPENART, Aspen, CO; April 2009 - Incognito, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Los Angeles
The Kitchen Readings - Untold Stories of Hunter S. Thompson, cover photograph; Foto8: Story of The Week - Botswana Beauty Pageants