A Drink with The Idler | Chris Floyd on What it Takes to Get Behind the Lens

Chris Floyd


Join “A Drink with the Idler” as we chat with Chris Floyd on his 30-year career as a photographer and filmmaker

Chris Floyd’s monograph Not Just Pictures takes us through his 30-year career in celebrity portraiture. Through 250 images and 60 written pieces, Chris documents, catalogues, explains and enlightens on the subject of what it means to have pursued this life. Over the years Chris has shot the likes of David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Blondie, Gillian Anderson, Keira Knightley, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Vivienne Westwood and, of course, many covers for the Idler.

The discussion between Chris and Idler editor Tom Hodgkinson, will be followed by a live Q&A, and the Idler Academy’s Head of Philosophy Dr Mark Vernon will present a short “thought for the week” to get our brains fizzing. The event will be hosted by Idler Academy director Victoria Hull.

This is an online event. It should be like meeting up in the pub for an interesting conversation. We leave the meeting open at the end so you can carry on chatting.

Chris Floyd is a British photographer who decided at the age of 19 that he had no wish to go into a career of stable, office-based drudgery. Since joining his school photography club while in early double digits, the excitement of what cameras and lenses could do, as well as the places they could take him, exerted an exponential pull on his ambitions as he approached his adult years. Moving to London in 1990, Chris began working as a photographic assistant for different photographers, before launching his own career in 1993. “I wanted to do the kind of work that inspired and excited me as a teenager. That meant magazine covers, record sleeves and film stars. As my confidence and ability grew, I expanded that to more or less anyone who had done, or was doing, anything of note.” Today, Floyd is recognised as one of the most acclaimed photographers of his generation and has worked with A-list stars, heads of state, royalty (the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in honour of their tenth wedding anniversary in 2021), era-defining musicians and artists: “I’m fascinated by talent and opportunity. To have talent is one thing. To combine it with determination, focus and movement is something else. People who can condense all those qualities into one package are magnetic. It doesn’t matter if it’s politics, music, science, philosophy or business. All I wanted to do was meet and be around those people. Maybe I could absorb what made their time on this Earth so worthwhile and apply it to my own existence. I am at heart an existentialist.”

Tom Hodgkinson is editor of the Idler and author of the best-selling manuals, How to Be Idle and How to Be Free. Other publications include a book on parenting, the Ukulele Handbook and a manual for creative entrepreneurs, Business for Bohemians.

Dr Mark Vernon is a psychotherapist, writer, broadcaster, and teacher. He presents several Idler Academy online courses. He has a PhD in philosophy, and degrees in theology and physics. His most recent books include The Idler Guide to Ancient Philosophy (Idler Books), Love: All that Matters (Hodder) and Jung: How to Believe (Guardian Shorts) – and he has books on friendship, belief and the good life too. Mark can often be heard on Radio 4’s Moral Maze. He began his professional life as a priest in the Church of England. For more, visit markvernon.com

Victoria Hull is director of The Idler Academy, producing the Idler’s live and online events and courses.

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A Drink with the Idler has turned out to be one of our lifelines! Such fun, wonderful commentary by you and the remarkable Mark, not to mention the delightful Victoria. 

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Event Details

Date: Thursday 23 May 2024

Time: 6pm-7pm

Location: Online via Zoom link

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