Charles Beckwith is a media producer and commercial artist with experience across radio, television, filmmaking, publishing, photography, theater, technology development, creative writing, and live events management.
His career started with over 1700 hours on the air as a DJ at a 100,000 watt radio station in Virginia before he finished high school. He went to college for filmmaking at The University of North Carolina School of The Arts, creative writing at The University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and then attended an MFA program in filmmaking at American University before moving to New York to set up a photo studio and learn how to make more visually interesting films by studying fashion editorials.
Charles has been a fashion editorial photographer since 2005, has shot over 700 runway shows in New York and Milan, trained models for some of the top agencies in the world, and along the way directed Off-Broadway plays and founded the online fashion magazine modaCYCLE. In early 2013 he suspended production of modaCYCLE’s English-language edition (German edition modaCYCLE.de is still publishing) to join the team at Manufacture New York as Executive Director of The Fashion Media Center.
Currently he is the producer and co-host of American Fashion Podcast (available free on iTunes) along with two of his former modaCYCLE colleagues. The Huffington Post recently listed it as one of The 5 Fashion And Beauty Podcasts You Need To Be Listening To Right Now, saying “This one is for all the real fashion geeks out there. Not only will you hear interviews with fashion designers like Ralph Rucci and Reem Acra, but you’ll also learn about sustainable fashion, manufacturing innovations, and brand strategy, amongst so much more.” This is the first of several new fashion media projects being developed by Charles at The Fashion Media Center at Manufacture New York.
Major influences: John Ford, Jim Henson, Andrei Tarkovsky, Paul Gauguin, Paul Cezanne, Harlan Ellison, Isaac Asimov, Gene Roddenberry
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