chris friel is a british photographer who has spent a long time trying to take a photo that he likes

 

to that end he has produced more than a million images over the last decade

 

his images have been exhibited at the south bank centre, on the santiago subway in chile, and projected behind the london sinfonietta in the royal festival hall and have appeared in the times, the guardian, the wall street journal, rolling stone magazine and on a lot of album covers

 

he has worked in 150 countries and would very much like to visit the remaining 46 before the next world war

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John Mee says:

I've been on Flickr since 2006. I don't post a lot - 200+ pics. But I do get the daily digest email of pics from those I do follow. None of them make me click thru to this site - except for your images. Thank you for my daily dose of creativity, thoughtfulness and inspiration.

February 25, 2018

I'm speechless. You have such creative thoughts. And you are a master. I love what you do. I do not know what to say. You just have a wonderful way to see things. Amazing. ♥ Best wishes, Anne

September 11, 2017
Scarce View (deleted)

Mr Chris Friel is an actual true living master of photography- a most rare thing. He has been the most influential artist of my own path, and he never fails to blow my mind with his incredible artistic visions. I have no words to describe the effect of his visual alchemy upon me. He is for sure a true genius.

March 2, 2015
+gAbY+ says:

I have not written this before because I always thought you were way too big for me to add anything. You are definitely big. I think I once said that it is almost as if you do not belong to Flicker, but instead to museums and art galleries, but I’m grateful that you are because I can see what you do. My favourite pho… Read more

I have not written this before because I always thought you were way too big for me to add anything. You are definitely big. I think I once said that it is almost as if you do not belong to Flicker, but instead to museums and art galleries, but I’m grateful that you are because I can see what you do. My favourite photos, without a hint of doubt.

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August 26, 2011

There are certain photographers whose work leaves me in awe. They aren't role models because I know that they're of a standard to which I cannot aspire. But I can sit back and enjoy their work and delight in their journey of discovery. You're one of these, Chris, and so thank you for the pleasure.

January 18, 2011

an endless and constant inspiration

November 26, 2010
Giorgio says:

Chris is an Artist.

September 5, 2009

Each capture is unique. And yet, there are so many of them. Superb!

March 16, 2009

Chris has become a favorite photographer of mine over recent months. He has an ability to see the world around us in a surreal and unique way and we are blessed that he has the ability to capture what he sees with his camera. His use of monochrome images depicting a world of tones, humour and changing depth is somethin… Read more

Chris has become a favorite photographer of mine over recent months. He has an ability to see the world around us in a surreal and unique way and we are blessed that he has the ability to capture what he sees with his camera. His use of monochrome images depicting a world of tones, humour and changing depth is something I really admire and aspire to. I love his use of tilt and shift lenses to create points of focus. I love his ability to capture the 'decisive moment'. I love the fact he has opened to me a whole new world of photographic possibilities. This photographer is one to watch.

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April 24, 2009
earsplitting hospital (deleted)

What can I say...one of a few photographers I´m always looking at his work here at flickr. Always bringing something new here. I really apreciate that

April 30, 2009

Flickr should write a script to automatically fave his pics as soon as he uploads them. Just try to imagine the amount of time that could be saved this way! :)

May 29, 2009

such an amazing.. a phenomenal eye you have mr chrisfriel!

August 10, 2009
Emre Ucar says:

Chris is so talented in seting up the composition and measuring the light. His B&W's are excellent in terms of contrast. You can find evry tone of the black and whites in his photos. The way he measures the light and utilize it is just perfect. I do adore him. You must have a look at his stream and then you'll be be ad… Read more

Chris is so talented in seting up the composition and measuring the light. His B&W's are excellent in terms of contrast. You can find evry tone of the black and whites in his photos. The way he measures the light and utilize it is just perfect. I do adore him. You must have a look at his stream and then you'll be be addicted to his stream.

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December 3, 2008
Chris A says:

Chris is definitely an Artist with a big "A". Each picture is a magnificent vision of a part of our Planet. I don't understand how he knows to capture such perspective and pictorial benefits in places you couldn't expect with. A very accurate sense in lighting, composition and dramatic atmosphere, but in every pictu… Read more

Chris is definitely an Artist with a big "A". Each picture is a magnificent vision of a part of our Planet. I don't understand how he knows to capture such perspective and pictorial benefits in places you couldn't expect with. A very accurate sense in lighting, composition and dramatic atmosphere, but in every picture, a simple and great beauty. A Master Painter.

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October 8, 2008

chrisfriel's photostream is a a constant source of inspiration to me. I found his artwork a few days ago and I often return to enjoy.You will find great black and white photos, very calm,a clear style. There is always a great mood. His photos are real masterpieces, I can look at them for hours. The next step should be … Read more

chrisfriel's photostream is a a constant source of inspiration to me. I found his artwork a few days ago and I often return to enjoy.You will find great black and white photos, very calm,a clear style. There is always a great mood. His photos are real masterpieces, I can look at them for hours. The next step should be a book. Greetings B. Next

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September 26, 2008

Chris, el poder observar tus trabajos queda en mi una sensación de profunda admiración, no solo por el hecho de poder decir lo hermosas que estas son, sino la inmensidad de lecturas que se le pueden dar. Cada una de tus fotos reflejan ideas conceptuarles de una sólida composición, me refiero a la capacidad nata que tie… Read more

Chris, el poder observar tus trabajos queda en mi una sensación de profunda admiración, no solo por el hecho de poder decir lo hermosas que estas son, sino la inmensidad de lecturas que se le pueden dar. Cada una de tus fotos reflejan ideas conceptuarles de una sólida composición, me refiero a la capacidad nata que tienes de capturar la trascendencia de lo común y lo poco cuidadosos que somos muchas veces con los pequeños detalles, estos que nos hacen ver una imagen no solo como lo que son, sino que para detenerse a preguntar muchas veces el porque de nuestros actos, pensamientos y quizás el porque de nuestra existencia. Como dicen por hay, las mejores fotos son las que se toman sin cámara… es por esto que imagino cada uno de los lugares y situaciones en los cuales te has dispuesto a comenzar un nuevo trabajo, imaginando todas las cosas que pasan por tu mente en aquellos momentos. Eso es una de las cosas más destacables de tus obras, el poder hacernos imaginar como espectadores tu forma de ver la vida. Estas son nada más que las palabras sinceras de un chico de 17 años de Valdivia, Chile que admira tus trabajos. Saludos afectuosamente desde Valdivia, Chile Jaime Frías Gutiérrez.

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August 20, 2008

Your work is just amazing, love the world you capture with your camera, it seems like you have pause the world and show us the beauty of it. Everything is also very dreamy (dreamlike), like if the world was empty with no soul in only for your subjects.

August 18, 2008

I could spend days in your photostream getting lost in your images.. your work is truly timeless. You have such an eye, and an *exceptional* ability to convey mood and make an impact with every picture you take.

June 28, 2008

i bet nature salutes you for how you portrait her... your work is brilliant in every form, one of the best in b & w.

June 17, 2008

Un trabajo impresionante, con la luz justa y con un sentido personal y preciso de la composición.

June 11, 2008
ribe says:

amazing work, stunning compositions and beautiful black & whites.

February 8, 2008
Poised Cars (deleted)

Your pics just froze time and space enanched by the stunning b&w tones.Great photographer.

January 16, 2008
Delirious Story (deleted)

ce stream est magique féérique je ne sais plus comment je suis tombée dessus un des hasards de flickr je suis amoureuse de chacune de ces images une drogue

November 21, 2007
Historical Room (deleted)

The word "masterpiece" comes to mind when viewing chrisfriel's stream! I've just recently come into contact with this amazing black and white photographer and I find that his "art " haunts me long after I fave his captures! I love coming to his stream for I'm always treated with outstanding tones, lines,depth and textu… Read more

The word "masterpiece" comes to mind when viewing chrisfriel's stream! I've just recently come into contact with this amazing black and white photographer and I find that his "art " haunts me long after I fave his captures! I love coming to his stream for I'm always treated with outstanding tones, lines,depth and texture! I look forward to see what this keen eyed artist has in store. :)

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November 9, 2007

got into photography only recently and has built up a fantastic portfolio of images that capture home and away in his own unique style. not bad at sound either...........

November 5, 2007

His B&Ws are simply amazing. Everytime a stop in front of one of them, I feel free to dream.

September 26, 2007

not a moment photographer but an eternal photographer the risk of being enchanted by the endless space

September 23, 2007