2007 MA Photography, University of Brighton
2007 Welcome to Pyongyang, published by Chris Boot
2007 Association of Photographers Silver Award
2006 Association of Photographers Judges Choice
2006 National Portrait Gallery Awards Semi-Finalist
2006 Winner of British Journal of Photography Award
2005 Association of Photographers Bronze Award
2005 Schweppes Portrait Awards Final Selection
1998 Kodak Photographer of the Year
Charlie Crane's photos have the compositional certainty of Puvis de Chavannes or Morandi: to look at them is to know that not a chair leg or flower could be moved. Crane uses interior space to pry apart floor and ceiling and hold them tightly in place. Even outdoors, he manages a type of painter's control over composition that seems entirely other than the photographer's framing and far more convincing than 'set-up'. If there's a whiff of Candida Hoffer here, the palette and atmosphere feel far more Asian and 'calendar' than German industrial academic; far more pictorial than documentary. The overall effect is of a kind of future past – the bright cleanliness of a once-actively occupied space with the emptiness of abandonment.
Charlie Crane was born in London in 1975 and grew up on the south coast. He is currently studying on a part time MA at Brighton University. Charlie Crane's large format photographs allow us a glimpse into the strange world of North Korea, Communist dictatorship and one of the world's most secluded places. Crane looks beyond the propaganda to reveal a very human side of people with real hopes and dreams.