In his 45-year career, freelance photographer Chuck Fishman has focused on social and political issues with a strong humanistic concern.
His work has been extensively published, exhibited, and collected worldwide, and has earned him prestigious World Press Photo Foundation medals four times.
His photographs have appeared on the covers of Time, Life, Fortune, Newsweek, The London Sunday Times, The Economist, New York and numerous others, and have been selected for publication in the American Photography and Communication Arts juried annuals. Chuck’s work is included in the collections of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery; the United Nations; POLIN: The Museum of the History of Polish Jews; The Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona; The Studio Museum in Harlem; and Hogan Jazz Archive, Tulane University, to name a few, as well as private and corporate collections.
Chuck’s first monograph, Polish Jews: The Final Chapter, was published in 1977 in the United States. His second book on this subject titled 1975-2018 A Portrait of Polish Jews was published in 2019 and accompanied his exhibition ReGeneration: Jewish Life in Poland first held at the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw, then at the Galicia Jewish Museum in Krakow, before being shown in the United States. In May 2020, to celebrate the centenary of Pope John Paul II’s birth, a book of Chuck’s photographs titled John Paul II The Pilgrim of the Century was published by the Intercultural Dialogue Institute of John Paul II. In December 2020, to commemorate the 40 years since the founding of Poland’s Solidarity trade union, and the 39th anniversary of the declaration of martial law, the city of Gdansk published Solidarity in Gdansk, a book of Chuck’s work in that city before and during the heyday of the Solidarity union and it’s leader Lech Walesa. His latest book, 80 YEARS LATER: JCC Krakow’s Response to the War in Ukraine, shines a light on Ukrainian refugees who have been helped by the humanitarian efforts of the Jewish Community Centre of Krakow—the story of survivors saving survivors. Chuck has worked on book projects for publishers worldwide, from France to Singapore to Papua New Guinea.
Exhibitions of his work include one-man shows in the United States and Europe, and in influential group exhibitions globally, including the International Center of Photography, the Pingyao International Photography Festival and the United Nations among many others.
He lives in New York with his wife, Susan.