Chase Walker is New Narratives’ resident photojournalist. He works at FrontPage Africa newspaper and website where he is head of the graphic department and is responsible for the layout and design of the newspaper. He also regularly contributes political and social cartoons. Chase’s photographs for New Narratives have appeared in publications around the world.
Chase fled fighting in Liberia in 2003 and spent six years in a refugee camp in Ghana. He experienced first-hand the hardships of refugee life—water and sanitation concerns, scarcity of food and lack of money for school. While Chase was in Ghana his father died in Monrovia from a stroke when a rebel attack on the capital shut down the hospitals. This tragedy, and the challenging years in exile, made him the person he is today. While a refugee Chase never gave up on pursuing an education and took advantage of every opportunity offered.
Chase has a passion for capturing beauty even in the face of adversity and poverty. He especially enjoys photographing children because he sees something inside them that people don’t always notice. Chase believes photography is particularly important in his country where more than 70% of people are illiterate.
“They need pictures to help them, to tell them things. If I help one person through taking pictures, if I change one person’s situation for the better, that’s an achievement for me. That’s my happiness right there.”
Chase is currently studying architecture at Stella Maris Polytechnic in Monrovia.