Chris Macke's photography career is the result of his life long interest in the arts. Chris grew up in Cincinnati, OH, where he was a student at The School for Creative and Performing Arts starting in the sixth grade. There he spent seven years surrounded by all aspects of art and performance. As a gift for his 15th birthday, Chris's father, who is also a photographer, bought him his first camera. He has not stopped shooting since. His love of the arts led him to New York City where he continued his education at a number of different conservatories.
Chris is known by the performing arts community in New York for his work as a photographer of actors. His clients have appeared in the Broadway shows: Hairspray, Wicked, The Drowsy Chaperone, Cry Baby, Shrek, Young Frankenstein, Is He Dead?, 42nd Street, Lion King, Phantom of the Opera, Boy From Oz, All Shook Up, Rent, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Mama Mia, The Wedding Singer, Tarzan, Follies, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Pacific Overtures, Fosse, Footloose, Flower Drum Song, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Seusical, Chicago, Contact, Civil War, Show Boat, Crazy For You, Aida, and in the television series Sex and the City, The Wire, Lost, Rescue Me, Law and Order, Sopranos, Supernatural, Bones, Third Watch, All My Children, Guiding Light, One Life to Live, As the World Turns, and NYPD Blue. His large collection of photographs from September 11th have been seen at The New York Historical Society and internationally through various venues, including the Here Is New York exhibits. All of his photographs were donated to help raise money for families of victims.
Unrelated to photography, Chris spent five years working at the New York offices of the bi-coastal agency Bauman, Redanty and Shaul, and in the commercial department of The William Schill Agency. Chris has also spent time working as a professional actor and remains a member of Actors Equity Association.
Chris's background in the industry has shaped how he photographs each of his clients.