Chellie Kew began her photography career in front of the lens as a professional model in the New York City fashion industry. Her work has appeared in a variety of well-known women's publications, including Cosmopolitan, Mademoiselle, Seventeen, Co-Ed and Teen magazines.
While living in South Africa in the 1990s, Kew found her passion behind the lens of the camera, capturing raw and upfront images of African children and wildlife in Botswana's Okavango Delta, Zimbabwe, Zambia and the South African bushveld.
Experienced in the operation of both manual and autofocus 35mm still cameras, Kew uses a personal technique to capture portrait, wildlife and photojournalism style images on high quality print films. Her photos have been purchased by individuals and corporations in the US, Europe, and Africa.
Today, her powerful images form the cornerstone of the courageous and inspiring story behind her mission to bring a brighter future to thousands of African children.
Her first book, African Journal: A Child's Continent, was published in 2003.