Chris Chapman received a bachelor degree from the Newport College of Art and Design, in Newport, England, in 1975.
Chris Chapman began his photographic career at the Newport College of Art in South Wales where he was invited to join the Documentary Photography Course run by the Magnum photographer, David Hurn.
In 1975 Chris Chapman moved to Dartmoor, since when he has documented aspects of Dartmoor life. His photography has been widely recognised and is represented in both public and private collections, including those of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Arts Council of England and the International Center of Photography in New York. His work has been published under various titles, including The Right Side of the Hedge (David & Charles), Dartmoor: The Threatened Wilderness (Channel 4) and Wild Goose and Riddon. The Dartmoor Photographs of Chris Chapman.
In the early 1990's Chris Chapman worked as presenter and photographer for a new HTV television series, Secrets of the Moor. Each series consisted of six programmes exploring the landscape, history and culture of the differing regions within the South West of England. Exmoor was featured in 1992, The Quantock Hills in 1994, The Somerset Levels in 1996, and The Mendip Hills in 1997. A further series of eight programmes with photography as the central theme, Chris Chapman: On Assignment, was completed in 1998. All the above programmes were produced by the Bristol based television company, Available Light Productions.
In July 2000, Exeter Health Care Arts commissioned Chris Chapman to produce a body of work for the Tavy Elderly Day Care Ward at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. Following a theme of Positive Views of the Third Age the black and white images are portrayed with excerpts from interviews with his subjects. The project was completed in April 2001 and is on permanent display.
In August 2000 the Bristol based television company Icon Films, on behalf of HTV, commissioned Chris Chapman to document the Berkeley Estate in Gloucestershire. The estate has been in the same family for over 850 years.
In April 2001 Beaford Arts commissioned Chris to make a photographic record of the effects of Foot and Mouth disease in North Devon.