Charlie Kwai is a London-born photographer, born in Bethnal Green. His debut solo show ‘Parade’ was in July 2015 at Dream Bags Jaguar Shoes, London followed by ‘Gold Dust’ in collaboration with Tripod City in the same space the following summer. Kwai’s self published book ‘Overtime’ was exhibited at KK Outlet in 2017.
In the same year he successfully crowd funded ‘Sweet Dreams’ on Kickstarter with Tripod City*. In 2018 he self published Al Pastor with an exhibition at Haut Space, London.
Since 2015 he has spoken at The Photographers Gallery, Redeye, D&AD, Street London, Soho House and It’s Nice That’s Nicer Tuesdays whilst guest lecturing at Universities and hosting workshops.
Kwai has been featured internationally online and in print by The British Journal of Photography, The Evening Standard, Printed Pages, FishEye, American Chadora, Metal Magazine, Huck Magazine, Fotoroom, The Gourmand, AnOther, Vice, Dazed and Confused, The Guardian, i-D, It’s Nice That, Boooooom, WeTransfer and National Geographic amongst many more.
He has been commissioned by RayBan, Selfridges, Saint Lauren, Jimmy Choo, Live Archives, Bloomberg, Vice and The British Fashion Council.
*Tripod City is the photographic and film collaboration between Charlie Kwai, Chris Lee and Paul Storrie. Their publications include Made in China; a snapshot of China through it’s people in 2015, Gold Dust; an exploration of contemporary Ghanaian Culture in 2016 and Sweet Dreams; Love, life and death in Mexico in 2017. Their films include Papa Row; Rising Star, School Boy, The Renegade and The Piñata King.