Bio

Award winning unit still photographer, CHUCK HODES, has focused his career in two facets of still photography -- as one of the entertainment industry’s top notch motion picture and television set (or unit) photographers, and as an esteemed commercial shooter for a wide variety of advertising and corporate campaigns. The Midwest native earned a B.A. in Cinema and Photography from Southern Illinois University. He began his chosen career in the commercial photography arena, shooting product photography for many national department store catalogs, including Sears. His campaigns over the years have included general consumer products, architecture, soft goods and fashion. While shooting tabletop stills for a catalog in Chicago some years back, he noticed a commercial being filmed on the nearby streets. Intrigued with the production process, he approached the cinematographer, who informed the curious upstart that movies and TV shows employed "still" shooters on their sets. Zooming in on a new opportunity, Hodes first gained valuable experience by capturing still images on TV commercial shoots for the print portion of the agencies’ campaigns. He subsequently joined the International Cinematographers Guild (ICG), which accredited him to begin shooting stills for television and feature films. During his career on the set, Hodes has compiled a list of over 100 film/TV credits. His ongoing work is mostly seen these days on the hit Fox show, Empire, as well as Showtime's, Shameless. Other recent work includes a shoot with comedian Pete Holmes for HBO. Additional shoots include the upcoming television pilots, Exorcist & APB. Some of Chuck's feature work include "Trust", directed by David Schwimmer..starring Clive Owen and Catherine Keener. The Ron Howard comedy "The Dilemma" starring Vince Vaughn and Kevin James and "Faster", Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson's action movie. Additional films include, “Nothing Like the Holidays,” “The Express” with Dennis Quaid,   “Wanted” featuring Angelina Jolie, Harold Ramis’ “Ice Harvest,” “Roll Bounce,” “Hard Ball,” “Soul Food,”  and the Chicago locations for “Proof” and “Derailed.” His small screen credits include several Chicago-based TV series, including the highly acclaimed Starz series, "Boss".  In addition, Chuck's name has been associated with the long running series “ER, as well as, “Early Edition,” “EZ Streets,” “Cupid,” “Turks,” HBO’s “The Mind of A Married Man”,  A&E series “The Beast,” starring Patrick Swayze.  Episodes of "Undercover Boss" for CBS, HBO series “Hung” and HBO's "Ricky Gervais: Out of England 2". In addition to his work on the set, Hodes has also worked behind-the-scenes as a member of the ICG’s Central Region Executive Board in Chicago, and the National Executive Board in Hollywood. Most recently, Chuck was the 2016 winner of the prestigious Hollywood Publicist Guild award for excellence in unit still photography presented in Beverly Hills. He was also nominated in 2015 as well. He currently resides in northwest suburban Chicago with his wife.