Charlie was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photographic Design from the University of Georgia in 1980. In 1985 Charlie opened a commercial photography studio working with many well-known Fortune 500 Clients. In 1989 he began to travel to remote areas of the world in search of an aesthetic documentary style that he continues to this day. Much of this work was done in Africa, Asia, Europe, Central and South America and provided the basic structure and style that would shape his work for years to come.
In 1990 the city of Atlanta was awarded the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games and a seven-year documentary was born. During this time Charlie photographed throughout the city as Atlanta prepared for this historic event, covering not only the Games but also documenting the tremendous effort it took to produce them. Coinciding with the Olympics was another sports-based documentary: Baseball. Between 1993 and 2000, Charlie created a large body of work with the Atlanta Braves. Shooting in black and white and only photographing images that illustrated the Culture of the Game; Charlie produced some of his finest images during this time.
In 1996 the Baseball photographs were exhibited in a one-man show curated by Jane Jackson and remained as part of a permanent display at Turner Field for the next four years. As a result of the exhibition, Charlie was commissioned by the High Museum of Art in Atlanta as the principal photographer for the Elton John “Chorus of Light” exhibit in 2001.
In 2000, Charlie was selected to photograph the advertising campaign for Atlanta Ballet and began a relationship that is still growing strong. In 2005 he was named the Official and Principal Photographer for the Company. Through the many rehearsals, performances, road trips, advertising shoots and personal projects; Charlie has formed a unique relationship with these Performing Artists and continues to explore the world of artistic collaboration whenever possible.
Awards and recognition are both gratifying and gratuitous- and Charlie’s work has been honored in many ways. In Corporate Collections, commercial publications and Award ceremonies- from the Boardroom to the Classroom, in the homes of Athletes, Entertainers and CEO’s. Charlie has photographed in the Penthouses of the French Rivera and the dung huts of Africa- on the riverboats in the Amazon and in the bars of Bangkok. From the base camp of Mt. Kilimanjaro to the heights of the Himalaya- his photographs are the culmination of fate, destiny and desire. These photographs hang in Luxury Suites, museums, galleries, hotels and homes everywhere. From fifth-graders to the Cultural Elite, people respond to the Universal quality and language of Charlie’s photography- his photographs have been gifted to and commissioned by Art Buyers, Editors, Museums, Politicians, Scholars and Sherpas throughout the World.