Donald Christie is a photographer, based in London. He studied Fine Art at Newcastle-upon-Tyne Polytechnic, specialising in film, video and sound. After completing his degree he moved to London, initially joining the squatting community in London Bridge, Euston and Vauxhall. Self-taught, Christie has worked as a commercial photographer since the early 90s, initially specialising in reportage, and then moving into fashion and portraiture, shooting for Topshop, Topman, J. Crew, Levi’s and Nike. His work has been featured in i-D, Dazed, The Face, Arena, GQ Style, Details, Interview and 10 Magazine.
Christie has embarked on a series of projects working with charities and voluntary organisations, including teaching photography to elderly people in a day centre, and to men with severe learning difficulties. He also travelled to East Jerusalem to work with an ophthalmic hospital, helping to build their picture library and make a personal project around identity and documentation. He has spent time developing experimental videos, which aim to explore the links between intensely subjective documentation and figurative abstraction, and interpretations of landscape through video and sound field recordings.
He has worked with and photographed musicians and sound artists, Nick Cave, Massive Attack, Sonic Youth, Brian Eno, New Order, amongst many others.
Christie completed an MA in Art and Media Practice at the University of Westminster, and is now a senior lecturer and course coordinator for the Fashion Photography provision at Falmouth.