Charlie Grieves-Cook: Picture Poetry, He Said It All

Gamewatchers

CHARLIE GRIEVES-COOK

PICTURE POETRY, HE SAID IT ALL


CHARLIE GRIEVES-COOK

PICTURE POETRY, HE SAID IT ALL

Edited by Jake and Dan


This E-book was published privately in June 2018 in memory of Charlie Grieves-Cook.

It is not for sale commercially and is intended to be a memento for family and friends.

As the photographer, Charlie Grieves-Cook had the copyright to all the photographs

featured in this book and many were used in the advertising and marketing campaigns of a number

of leading companies and organisations which retain their rights to the images.

Charlie was commissioned by nearly all of Kenya’s top corporations and organizations, including Safaricom,

East African Breweries, Kenya Airways, Kenya Commercial Bank, Kenya Power, The Coca Cola Company, Toyota, Reckit Benkiser,

Bamburi Cement, UAP Insurance, Serena Hotels, Sarova Hotels, Heritage Hotels and Gamewatchers Safaris amongst many.

Charlie also took the time to help many organizations and charities that needed his skills on a pro bono basis,

such as the KSPCA whom he helped on several occasions or the Kenya Handwashing Day movement

dedicated to reducing the spread of infections amongst Kenya’s youngest citizens.

All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form, including

publication of any of the images, without the prior permission of the editors and

executors of the estate of Charles R. Grieves-Cook.

Image Production and Typesetting by Matt Swann Creative Limited

Edited by Dan Prior and Jake Grieves-Cook

Comments or enquiries to J R Grieves-Cook, jakegc@supanet.com

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CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION 7

LANDSCAPES 8

PEOPLE 52

ARCHITECTURE 112

CREATURES 140

FASHION 168

STILL LIFE 182

FOOD 190

CHARLIE AT WORK 200

TRIBUTES 211


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Charlie at work on a photoshoot

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INTRODUCTION

CHARLIE GRIEVES-COOK, son, brother, uncle, great friend,

true gentleman and one of Kenya’s finest photographers,

lost his life on the 3rd of March 2012, at the age of 36.

Charlie had already become one of Kenya’s leading

professional photographers. His colleagues concur that

he had a remarkable gift with light, colour and composition

and his iconic images which appeared in numerous

publications undoubtedly helped to promote Kenya as a

tourist destination.

Charlie literally lived and breathed images; his eye always

searching for the next beautiful shot whilst his personality

remained unfalteringly warm and sociable. To those who

worked with him, Charlie was a joy and an inspiration. He

was always ready to share his knowledge with young

Kenyans interested in a career in photography and to give

them encouragement.

Charlie’s grandparents came to Africa from Britain in 1948,

and his father, Jake, has been involved in tourism and wildlife

conservation in Kenya since 1972. Born in Nairobi on 19th

March 1975 to Jake and Shân Grieves-Cook, Charlie spent

his early childhood growing up in Kenya with his younger

sister Robyn and then was educated in England. He began

his professional career as a Chef in the South of France and

returned to Kenya as Group Chef for Heritage Hotels before

joining his father at Gamewatchers Safaris.

In Charlie’s own words: “I left school and trained as a chef

working in 2 and 3 star Michelin restaurants in London before

working as a Chef in France. Returning home to Kenya in

1998, I started shooting anything I could, using slide films

on 35mm and mostly medium format cameras. I developed

a love for ‘travel style photography’, particularly the African

Landscape, and the fascinating people living here in East

Africa. Photographic expeditions on foot, carrying luggage

either by camel or donkey have allowed me to access areas

of immense natural beauty. I left the kitchen for a greater

passion and made a career out of photography. I started out

shooting for the hospitality industry here in East Africa (hotels,

luxury tented camps and game lodges) and working on any

commissions I could get doing travel style work”.

Outside of his work, Charlie loved the outdoors, going frequently

on expeditions to wild and remote places in Africa and most

recently in South America. He had a passion for fly-fishing and

had fished all the highland trout streams of Kenya. His love for

Kenya was so apparent and this is captured in his extensive

portfolio of Kenyan landscapes and scenes from daily life.

Through his photographs, and more recently through his movie

commercials he had the ability to project daily life in East

Africa in an appealing way, not only showing the magnificent

landscapes and wildlife but also presenting the peoples of East

Africa, from all walks of life, in a positive, joyful and dignified

way. His images will serve as an enduring memorial.

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LANDSCAPES


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LANDSCAPES

Charlie had a love of the outdoors and trekking

through landscapes in many parts of the world.

This fascination with the outdoors translated into

his imagery, with Charlie always going the extra

mile to get the shot. His iconic imagery included

his unusual and striking angle of Mt. Kenya, that

was printed millions of times on the scratch cards

of Safaricom, one of Kenya’s leading mobile

network operators.

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This page: Lake Magadi with Shompole in the background, Page 10: Mount Kenya

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Tea plantation

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Tsavo East National Park

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Dhow races, Lamu

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The highlands

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Sand dunes in Suguta Valley

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Flamingoes, Lake Bogoria

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Tsavo East National Park

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Ol Donyo Lengai

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Stream in the Aberdare National Park

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Lake Logipi

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Mara sunset

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Malindi, Vasco da Gama pillar

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Lake Naivasha

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PEOPLE

Charlie was a genuine “people person”. He was

fascinated by the traditional and nomadic peoples

of East Africa, spending a great deal of his time

on ‘walkabout’ with tribes along Kenya’s northern

borders into Ethiopia and with the Maasai in his

home country. He was also equally interested in the

working people of Kenya: fishmongers, taxi drivers,

carpenters, the “mama mbogas” and the daily lives

of the ordinary wananchi were celebrated in both

commercial campaigns and in personal vignettes in

pictures from his unique perspective.

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This Page: Maasai family near Magadi, Page 54: Speeding cyclist, Page 52/53: Ethiopia

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Maasai ceremony

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Lamu regatta

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Regatta scenes, Lamu

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Swahili artefacts, Lamu

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Maasai grandmother and grandchild

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PEOPLE

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Young and old

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PEOPLE

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Stop or go?

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Lamu scene

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PEOPLE

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Casting the net, Lake Victoria

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PEOPLE

Horse riding near Mount Kenya

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Near Lake Turkana

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PEOPLE

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Kenyan runners, junior and senior

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PEOPLE

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Rural life

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PEOPLE

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PEOPLE

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Wildlife rangers

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PEOPLE

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PEOPLE

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Maasai ceremony, facing Kilimanjaro

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Ox-drawn transport near Lake Victoria

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Craftsman

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PEOPLE

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PEOPLE

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PEOPLE

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Engineer

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PEOPLE

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Ambach canoe, Lake Baringo

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PEOPLE

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At the ferry

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PEOPLE

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Gabra family moving home

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PEOPLE

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PEOPLE

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Cyclist and Marabou, Lake Victoria

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PEOPLE

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Ethiopia

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PEOPLE

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ARCHITECTURE


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ARCHITECTURE

With a special ability to bring to life the inanimate

through his pictures, an important part of Charlie’s work

was photographing homes, lodges, infrastructure and

architecture throughout East Africa. Charlie’s pictures

of Kenyan hotels and other elements of Kenya’s tourist

industry adorning coffee table books and featured in

magazines, undoubtedly played an important role in

promoting Kenya to the outside world.

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This Page: Mombasa island, Page 114: Turkwell Dam

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ARCHITECTURE

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Rusinga jetty

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ARCHITECTURE

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Chui Lodge, near Lake Naivasha

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ARCHITECTURE

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ARCHITECTURE

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The new Nyali Bridge, Mombasa

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ARCHITECTURE

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ARCHITECTURE

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Nairobi panorama

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ARCHITECTURE

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Lamu

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ARCHITECTURE

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CREATURES


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CREATURES

From house cats and tame gazelles, pro bono

jobs for the KSPCA to lying under the safari

vehicle to get the right angle of the elephants,

Charlie was always passionate and committed to

capturing images of wildlife and other creatures.

Charlie’s love of nature extended to fly fishing,

which saw him travel to South America to fish

for trout, which he described as a ‘noble’ fish.

Charlie’s photography was used to assist Kenya’s

conservation efforts on many occasions.

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CREATURES

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Ostrich

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CREATURES

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Elephant family

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CREATURES

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Wildebeest at sunrise

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Lurking lion

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CREATURES

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Nest in Lake Turkana

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CREATURES

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Topi at sunset

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Wildebeest on the move

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Tracking black rhino

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CREATURES

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Gazelles in the mist

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FASHION

A perfectionist as a chef and then as a photographer,

Charlie tried hard to perfect a photographic aesthetic

with his fashion photography. Always keen to keep the

authentic reality of Kenya in the settings of his fashion

work, whether using a backdrop of historic buildings

in Lamu or the wild landscapes of Maasailand as the

canvas upon which to place his subjects. Throughout

his career, all of the prominent fashion publications and

design houses in East Africa commissioned imagery

from Charlie.

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STILL LIFE

Charlie would spend hours tinkering with a

small piece of white reflector panels to get the

highlights in a bottle perfectly formed. He was as

skilful in getting the best imagery out of products

and objects as he was with capturing people’s

emotions. He was engrossed with the idea of

making stationary and lifeless subjects resonate

in his imagery and developed a talent in making

something remarkable out of the mundane.

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FOOD


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FOOD

Charlie’s first profession was as a high level chef,

working in some of the world’s top restaurants in

London and in the French countryside. Unusually,

it was Charlie’s love of cooking that gave him a

path into photography as he began honing his

photographic skills by taking many hundreds of

images of dishes prepared in the restaurants he

worked in. Charlie’s passion for food photography

was never forgotten and even as his photographic

career matured and blossomed, he still spent a

considerable amount of his time shooting food.

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FOOD

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Charlie was a consummate professional who was held in the

highest regard and known to be a gentleman, even in the often

stressful and high pressure working conditions associated

with the advertising world. Many of his colleagues remark

to this day about how working with Charlie was always fun.

He was always genuine, good-natured and a pleasure to

work with while still ensuring the highest standards in his

work both in terms of creativity and execution. Even when

he was leading a project as the photographer or Director of

Photography, Charlie would always take his time to greet

and thank every member of his production team, a trait that

earned Charlie the admiration and love of those whom he

mentored and collaborated with.

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A few of the hundreds of tributes received from work colleagues, schoolmates, friends and those who knew Charlie.

Charlie was my best and closest friend. He was an incredibly

loyal person, always there for me through thick and thin. Without

doubt the most reliable and genuine man I have ever met. A

classicly dry sense of humour that had me in fits of laughter

often, his hearty laugh is actually ringing in my ears as I write

this. He was a true gentleman who would have done anything

for anyone whatever the time of day or night and it would never

be too much trouble.

I first met Charlie 20 years ago but it was really over the past

12 years that he and I became very close. We shared uncountable

fun adventures and good times. Away from photography his true

passion was fly fishing and there are very few places in Kenya that

we had not fished together. We spent hours and hours stalking

trout on the crystal clear streams, tarns, dams and lakes of the

Aberdares, Kericho and Mount Kenya. There was always light

competitiveness but it was more about enjoying the surroundings,

catching some fish and a cold White Cap with some smoked

trout and copious amounts of pili pili fresh at the end of the day. I

feel so honoured and privileged to have been able to experience

Chile with him just a few weeks before his life ended. A trip that

will remain in my mind for the rest of my life. We had the most

fantastic time. It was something we had talked about for years.

We fished all day every day for 10 days and I had never seen

him so happy. He was truly in his element. I will always miss my

favourite fishing partner greatly.

Andrew Campbell

I’d hear more from Charlie when he was out of Nairobi than when

he was here. He’d always call for no other reason than to say Hi.

And he’d always end the conversation with “Sorry mate gotta go,

I’m just hanging out of a helicopter”. Or “I’m waist-deep pulling

trout out of a river under Mt. Kenya”. Or “The sky here is amazing,

let me shoot you some clouds for that Serena job”. CGC and I

were always competing with each other. And we talked about

it and enjoyed it. Coz we were both trying to progress our craft

together – art direction and photography. He’d listen to me while

he was adjusting a light and then say, “Shut up, this is how we’re

doing it!” And I’d listen to him and invariably he’d be right. Our

creative relationship was very tight and real and easy.

Jason Bruckner, Creative Director, McCann Erickson

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Charlie was one of the best people to work under and a great

mentor. Lessons from him were about perfection, speed and fun

while working on all projects. He taught me to appreciate the people

around us and treat them well – that way we would end up getting

the best out of everyone. As a friend CGC was a very loving pal

and his actions proved it all. He was caring and funny and all the

moments spent with him were full of laughter and joy. If there were

any issues he would ensure we sorted them all out before the day

ended. Charlie, I will miss all the road trips and travel, singing out

loud to all the funny music and the sunrise and sunset talks about

everything going on in our lives in all the beautiful places we shot.

Your work lives on every time we switch on the TV, look at a picture

on a billboard or magazine. Your love will always be in my heart, I

will never forget you for you were a true BFF.

Lilian Maina, Producer, Eye Queue Ltd

What I remember most fondly about Charlie was his zeal for life.

Each day at work, Charlie brought in the energy of two people. He

was energetic, positive, eager and happy with his life. He never

let anything pull him down and was very appreciative to everyone

that worked with and for him. You would always catch Charlie

saying “good job” every other minute to his team. This energy and

love for his job reflected on how he handled challenges that came

up every day at work and even in his everyday life. He put his

brains and creativity into action and got solutions to every problem.

That shot that couldn’t be done, bring Charlie’s box of tricks and

there is something in there to fix it and get the perfect shot. This

even applied to solving the issues at work. Charlie fixed it all

and kept everyone happy. I must say, this is the biggest lesson I

have chosen to take from knowing Charlie, every problem has a

solution. “Don’t give up.” I was honoured to know Charlie and to

work with him so closely. He was a force by himself. He gave me

a chance, in fact, many chances. His impact on my life cannot be

put into words. He is deeply missed every day. I know he lives in

the hearts of so many people whose lives he touched.

Makena Mutwiri, Personal Assistant to Charlie

Charlie was a great man, colleague, mentor, friend and a man

full of life. I met Charlie about 2 years ago, but our friendship

grew closer a few months later when he first noticed my

talent during a photoshoot in Amboseli. With his usual smile,

I remember him asking me “Where have you been hiding,

Judy?” From that day, I can’t remember ever being out on

location without Charlie by my side always encouraging and

advising me where he thought I could do better. He made me

part of a great team and we became like family. . . . I will never

forget the Japanese restaurant and you chasing a goat all

over the place to take pictures . . . great memories and some

of the best moments of my life. Charlie was a good protector;

he always protected the team and made sure none of us was

unfairly ‘bullied’ on set. Though you are gone, Charlie, I will

never forget you. I feel your presence all around the studio,

taking big steps around asking everyone if they were OK. I will

never forget those words. Then you would walk to your corner

and start cleaning your camera and making sure all your stuff

was nice and tidy! I miss you, Charlie, and I will love you for

always. Watch over the team.

Judy Maranga, Makeup Artist, Eye Queue Ltd

Charlie’s first experience of photography, was when as a boy,

he opened up the back of his father’s camera and accidently

exposed the holiday pictures! His love for food and love for

cooking is really what led Charlie to become a photographer.

He started by photographing the food he was creating so

he could use the pictures for training purposes. Up until his

death, photographing food was still a great passion of Charlie’s

that really brought together two aspects of his expertise. His

interest in photography led him into documenting long walking

expeditions he would go on with his good friend Toby Fenwick-

Wilson. Charlie’s amateur photography very quickly blossomed

into a fully professional career. In the five years that Charlie

worked as a professional photographer, he became not only

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one of Kenya’s best and most-loved photographers, but also a

truly world-class professional. I first met Charlie in 2008. It was

our first shoot together and he was immediately bouncing off

the walls, extremely eager. I initially thought it was because this

was his first shoot with us. But later I realized he approached

each job with the same unwavering eagerness and enthusiasm.

Two years on, we got together with Simon Cox and Duncan

Willetts, two photographers he not only admired but loved,

and set up the first Kenyan Production company specializing

in photography. In his commercial career, Charlie worked for

all of Kenya’s biggest corporations. Charlie was an absolute

perfectionist – he never wanted to put his name on a bad picture.

Charlie also had a particular ability to capture Kenya at her

best and many of his images will remain iconic forever. More

recently Charlie had branched into the moving- image and had

been working as a Director of Photography on a large number

of commercial films. This came about after Justin Connolly,

having worked with Charlie in stills, proposed that he work in a

team with Dan Prior directing and Charlie shooting. From the

very first film Charlie shot he reached a standard equal to many

DOP’s with far greater experience in moving images. This team

also developed into a marvelous friendship. Those of us who

worked with him all know that not only was he second to none

at what he did, he was an absolute joy and pleasure to work

with and that’s why so many of us loved him so dearly and his

death leaves such a void in his profession and in our hearts. No

amount of words could capture Charlie’s heart and soul and I

believe he now lives on through his pictures.

Quentin Ikiki, Executive Producer, Eye Queue Ltd

Charlie joined Prestige Hotels in 1999 as Executive Chef with

responsibility for training and he was part of the team that

helped rebrand the company, which became known as Heritage

Hotels of Kenya. Charlie’s approach was that he just got stuck

in, hands on. If the kitchen floor or the cookers were dirty he

would show the staff how to clean, and clean and clean. In fact

he was called by all the kitchen staff in the group “Bwana Safi”.

They really admired him. Charlie began creating Michelin star

standard menus in properties located in Samburu, Mara, Great

Rift Valley, Tsavo, Mombasa and Lamu. He created absolute

“theatre “ in these kitchens, each plate served was a “stage” on

which to place his creations. It sounds over the top but Charlie

was over the top. He caused chaos in the hotel industry and

created a “culinary tsunami”! He created training manuals

and used photography to best effect, taking images of each

and every dish served from the respective kitchens. He also

became involved with many other areas of the hotel and lodge

operations. There was a total of 650 staff in the company, from

the gardeners through to the General Manager, EVERYONE

knew Charlie and really respected his work ethic.

David Stogdale (a leading hotelier in Kenya)

I first saw Charlie’s work in a brochure his father, Jake, had

put together for his camp near Amboseli. I realised immediately

that Charlie had an eye for a picture, and his execution was

spot on. Here was an up and coming professional if ever I saw

one. And so it was, he came along in leaps and bounds. Keen,

dedicated, knowledgeable, he loved what he did with a passion

I certainly shared. He also moved with the times and techniques,

mastering first the stills process, then quickly moved, as so

many had done before him, into the moving picture disciplines.

The future was indeed very bright for him. Sadly, and why this

was not meant to be, will be a weight of unexplained knowledge

which we will have to bear for the rest of our lives.

Duncan Willets (the doyen of Kenya’s Professional Photographers)

I often think about you, how amazing you were as an individual

and how much more knowledge you had to impart to me!

Morris Gachago, Photography Assistant

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Charlie was the perfect companion on many safaris in to the

north of Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan. Many of the safaris were

challenging, some were long hard walks, supported by camels

through difficult land, where an easy smile, extraordinary patience,

and a resilient nature were essential. However, his greatest

contributions on safari were his natural charm and his disarming

affinity for people. This was why Charlie was so at home in Africa

- language never being a barrier for such a character.

Toby Fenwick-Wilson

Charlie was an absolute pleasure to work with. He was, and

certainly remains, the most dedicated and passionate professional

I have ever had the privilege of working with. He taught me a

great deal about my craft and showed me how to aspire towards

perfection, taking pride in every single aspect. Charlie was a

gentleman and a good man. He was my friend and I’ll always

miss him dearly.

Dan Prior, MD of Quite Bright Films

Charlie was an extraordinary young man with enormous

talent who was loved by all who knew him. He was kindhearted,

exceptionally generous to all around him, modest and

unassuming, with a zest and passion for life so that he lived the

equivalent of a lifetime of 80 years packed into his 36 years.

Charlie will be remembered for his immensely kind spirit, his

laughter, vivacity, love for life and unquestionable dedication to

his profession. Charlie literally lived and breathed images, his eye

always searching for the next beautiful shot whilst his personality

remained unfalteringly warm and sociable. To those who worked

with him, Charlie was a joy and an inspiration. He was always

ready to share his knowledge with young Kenyans interested in

a career in photography and to give them encouragement. We

think of you every day, Charlie, and there is a huge gap in our

lives without you.

Jake Grieves-Cook (Charlie’s father)

Charlie was my best friend and as close to a brother as I could

possibly have. I tried to speak to him at least once a month and

every time he visited the UK I knew we were going to have the

best time. He was the funniest, most generous, understanding and

inspirational man I knew. Any time I needed someone to call for

emotional support, despite where he was, Charlie was always first

on my list and more importantly, he was always there for me and

I for him. Our connection goes all the way back to Hurstpierpoint,

where we discovered a shared passion for music, guitar playing and

general pranking around! I never laughed so much in the presence

of anyone else. Our band “The Rioters”, although atrocious, was

an amazing experience we shared as teenagers as we played at

being rock stars! I will cherish the memory of the many concerts we

attended together, the last one being, rather fittingly, The Levellers

which bookended 20 years of concert-going that started with The

Levellers back in 1991. On leaving school we both decided that

we wanted to travel before university and began planning what we

should do. Thailand, South America and USA were all mentioned

before we inevitably decided on Kenya. Along with James Coates

we set off on an amazing trip that first demonstrated to me, Charlie’s

amazing passion and love for the country.

The thing that I admired Charlie for most of all was that, unlike

so many of us, he was never afraid to follow his dreams. His

determination and passion for cooking was incredible to behold

and his food was always delicious. It is beyond me how someone

could have so many creative talents but it came as no surprise

that Kenya was where his real dreams lay. I was gutted when he

decided to move back to Kenya, but I completely understood. One

of the most amazing experiences of my life was our Millennium

trip to Kenya also shared with Robyn. On this occasion Charlie

organised everything and provided us with a holiday of a lifetime

and no better way to bring in the new millennium. Robyn and

Dan’s wedding was a wonderful day and I know that Charlie was

so proud of Robyn and as happy as I’ve ever seen him, as he was

able to see her marry one of his best friends. Charlie’s photos of

that day will live on forever!

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It’s been a pleasure and inspiration to me to watch his

photography career bloom and achieve so much in such a short

time. Like many of his friends and family, we have his photos

framed, signed and in prominent position all over our home; which

we will cherish forever. If it wasn’t for Charlie’s brave decisions in

life, I would never have had the courage to quit my own soulless

job to re-train and change career.

It was an honour to have him as my best man. Despite being

based in Kenya, he organised a fantastic stag do for me; sea fishing

in Brighton…no surprises there! Made ever more hilarious by our

total lack of sea legs and hangovers from the first days celebrations!!

On the day itself he offered all the emotional support I could wish

for from a best man. I will never forget us running around the South

of France like headless chickens trying to get things organised. He

was amazing, and despite being possibly more nervous than me,

delivered a great speech and as usual, was the life and soul of the

party. My wife, Lou, adored him. We loved him so much that we

chose to share a week of our honeymoon with him! The ultimate

tribute that I can make is to say that the best times of my life were

shared with Charlie. I am going to miss him terribly.

Toby Bloomfield

Charlie was probably the most unique person I have ever known –

he had many different segmented groups of friends – be it Friends

from School, his stint at university, from cooking or photography

or the massive spectrum of people that he socialized with in both

UK and Kenya. Because he was so liked by all, there are literally

dozens of people who called Charlie their “best friend”. Charlie

had an adventurous spirit and a love for the outdoors. In school

holidays or weekends off we would often be found walking up

a local hill or into a forest with the intention of a big adventure

– unfortunately due to the fact that it seemed more important to

pack a couple of bottles of cider rather than tents and sleeping

bags, these adventures never lasted that long! More recently, I

was lucky enough to walk up Mount Kilimanjairo with Charlie in

2007. We both loved the trip so much, we decided we must plan

another bigger and better adventure. Finally at the beginning of

2012 we set off on my last adventure with my dear friend. We

climbed up the largest mountain in South America. Charlie spent

a lot of the trip charging about trying to capture the beautiful

scenery on camera. We did not make it up to the top due to the

extreme weather. It didn’t seem to ruin the trip by not summiting,

and we had already made plans to return to the mountain in 2

years time to try again. On the trip, I spent much time with Charlie

talking about life in general. It was apparent to me that he was

really enjoying the constant challenge of his work and he was over

the moon at the recent birth of baby Isla, his niece. I had not seen

him this relaxed and happy in many years. In the 25 years I have

known Charlie, I have been honoured to call him my best friend.

I have essentially lost a brother in Charlie and I will grieve for

him always. In my opinion grief is love turned into eternal missing.

Charlie will be sorely missed and we will all love him forever.

David Cox

Charlie and I were good friends; indeed I counted him as among

my very best friends and it was he who was my immediate first

choice as godfather when my eldest son, Hugo, was born. We

would spend many weekends on safari in Kenya, or fishing the

Mathioya, and of course the many nights in bars and restaurants

around Nairobi. Apart, from ‘being the life and soul of the party’,

he never failed to impress me with his array of talents. He was of

course a trained chef, but his ability to plan and whip-up great food

at short order in the bush was always impressive. He had a great

chortle, fine wit and turn of phrase, along with a long supply of good

stories (about “Croissant Duff”, inter alia) and by bringing his guitar

and voice to the camp fire, he always created a magic atmosphere.

He seemed to bring a sense of calm dedication to everything

he did and this could be seen in watching him fish and fish and

pursue the fish to the end of the river and until night would fall. I

imagine he brought this pursuit of perfection to his photography and

indeed I remember him on the South Coast enduring squadrons

of sandflies, dive bombing him again and again as he set up the

photos, to get the right shot for a hotel brochure.

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I was lucky enough to go on a couple of extended walks with

him; one in the Mara in 2003 and the other in the Loita Hills

in 2006. What stands out in my memory of these trips was his

ability and willingness to interact with the Maasai. He understood,

and seemed to tune into, their wavelength with remarkable

sensitivity, and with genuine interest in everything around him

both cultural and physical. Notwithstanding this, his ability to eat

(and to enjoy) all parts of the goat no doubt endeared him like

a brother to the Maasai. Above all he was a great mate and he

went the extra mile for me on many an occasion. He was just

so positive about things in Kenya and in his work; he loved both

with a passion I envy. I miss his friendship, and his intelligence,

humour and ability to observe.

Giles Tremayne

He did great work for us and his memory is immortalised in the

photos he left for us.

Michael Joseph (Founder and former Chief Executive of Safaricom)

A friend like no other, I was privileged to have spent unforgettable

time with Charlie. Adventures on safari from Amboseli and

Tsavo to the Aberdares and Lake Baringo, and many impromptu

get-togethers from Nairobi to Milan. Charlie will always be an

inspiration on how to live, and his memory is cherished as much

as his company is missed. I think of Charlie most days and

imagine him visiting in Watamu or heading off on another safari

somewhere. He really did have such an amazing energy and

outlook on life, he was a wonderful friend.

Nic Cahill

Working with Charlie was one of the best experiences of my

life. He was a perfectionist in his craft and pushed himself and

those around him to do better. He was the very best kind of

boss, exacting but kind - I wasn’t an employee but a collaborator

in his work. With him in charge every assignment was an

adventure complete with getting lost, bogged in mud, charged

by elephants and harassed by crooked policemen, sometimes

all in that order and in one day. Charlie had a knack for getting

into situations but thankfully, he could also charm himself out

of it. He had such sense of humour about life, you couldn’t help

but laugh with him.

He taught me so much about photography, being a good

person and how to really live. I am glad to have been there to

witness some of his journey and proud to have been his friend.

He is one of the best people I’ve ever known.

Gathoni Kinyanjui-Howard

The day I met Charlie for the first time, I was 12 years old. He had

a really rather large head compared to mine, or so I thought. And

his tie was too long. Then he laughed. It was not loud so much

as mischievous, and there was a distinct twinkle emanating from

his eyes… By the end of the lesson that we had been waiting for

when we met, we were firm friends and remained so forever after.

As Charlie’s head got smaller (or mine grew); his laugh and

lust for life got bigger and bigger. At school, he seemed to quietly

gain skills and talents (and the odd moment of well-intentioned

notoriety) with ease and little fuss. He was a great guitar player,

naturally funny and a good cross-country runner (to the extent

he turned up one day and thrashed the majority of the school

cross-country team). He was a whistling, mountaineering, flyfishing,

extraordinary-cooking, strange-dancing, big-laughing,

warm-hugging, glory of humanity who I had the joy and honour

of knowing. He was my friend and I loved him dearly.

For all the laughter, madness, and many other tales and

tributes in this book and further afield, perhaps the best way to

try and encapsulate Charlie is in his reaction to my telling him

his sister, Robyn, had agreed to marry me. He smiled and said,

“Morning! How cool is that?! One of my best friends as a brotherin-law!

Let’s go to the pub..”

Dan Beattie (Charlie’s brother-in-law)

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Charlie and I did a lot of photo-shoots together in the chopper - one

of them being the Safaricom shoot. Every-time I see a Safaricom

banner it reminds me of the wonderful adventures we had together.

He was an incredible person to work with - always so professional,

calm and fun. I fly with many photographers from all over the world

and Charlie was without a doubt one of the best.

Jamie Roberts, Managing Director, Tropicair

Charlie was a very special friend to me. Our friendship started

when I asked one of his colleagues from work if he was dating

someone. My thought was that he would be a difficult person

to date but we started going out together shortly after that and I

spent a great year of my life with the kindest, funniest and loving

Charlie. My Charming Charlie, I called him. His memory will live

with me forever. Our short-lived romance is the defining period of

my life and it was such a blessing to have Charlie with me. CGC

lived with such passion that I agree with a statement made to the

effect that all his experiences in this life added up to what would

be 80+ years of living for anyone else. I miss the crazy stories that

Charlie shared daily. My favourite memory remains the warmth

of the Saturday morning hug, outside his apartment. His gift in

photography, his passion in cooking, his love for his friends and

family (especially his niece Isla!), his dedication to his team, his

grateful nature, his charm and wit will forever be missed by all who

loved him. I love you Charlie, for always..

Diana Nekoye

Diana on a photoshoot with Charlie

Charlie’s contribution to promoting the image of Kenya was recognised

by the Kenya Government in this letter from the Minister of Tourism.


This E-book is published privately in memory of

a wonderful man: Kenyan photographer Charlie

Grieves-Cook. Not for sale commercially, it is

intended as a memento for family and friends.

Charlie Grieves-Cook had the copyright to all

his photographs featured in this book and many

were used in the advertising and marketing

campaigns of a number of leading companies

which also retain their rights to the images.

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