Chad Michael Ward is a critically-acclaimed artist, photographer and filmmaker with over 15 years of experience shooting musicians, celebrities and pretty faces in the urban wilds of Los Angeles.
Ward began his long career in the industry in the late 90s as an album cover artist, designing covers for European metal acts like Soilwork, Crest of Darkness, Darkane and Naglfar.
In 2002, Ward transitioned into photography, lending his lens to bands like Combichrist, gODHEAD, Fear Factory and more.
In 2004, Ward brought his unique vision to rocker Marilyn Manson, photographing and designing the rocker’s “Best Of…” album “Lest We Forget” and the music video for the single “Personal Jesus”.
In 2006, Ward moved into the world of music videos, directing musicians like Billy Idol, Slash and Derek Sherinian. Ward also contributed art covers to book series like Jonathan Maberry’s “Rot and Ruin” trilogy and L.J. Smith’s “The Vampire Diaries”, “Secret Circle” and “The Hunger Games”.
In 2007, Ward joined the film industry as a still photographer and production designer working on several high-concept genre films before returning to the music video world.
More recently, Ward and partner Mary Taylor can be found photographing and directing some of hottest up-and-coming rock acts including Black Veil Brides, Motionless in White, Get Scared, Davey Suicide and Aiden as well as legendary artists including Berlin’s Terri Nunn and actress-singer Fairuza Balk.
His unique portrait and fashion portfolio has made Ward one of the more sought-after talents in the industry with work appearing in numerous galleries, magazines and books. Ward’s work has also been collected into several monographs including Black Rust, Autopsyrotica, DevilEngine, Dangerous Beauties Storyteller and Storyteller: NUDE.
Ward recently wrapped his first feature film, Strange Blood, for a late 2014 release.
“The Stars are Blackest at Night”, (short film)
Miss FD, “Despair” (music video)
Ziggy Jean, “Gypsy Moth” (music video)
The Starwalkers, “Sweetest Essence” (music video)
“Mothmilk”, (short film)
New Years Day, “Malevolence” (music video)
Fake Friends, “Let’s Get Naked” (music video)
“Last” (short film)
Motionless in White, “Reincarnate” (music video)
Strange Blood (feature film)
Berlin, “Animal” (music video)
Little Red Lung, “Fangs” (music video)
Davey Suicide, “Kids of America” (music video)
Seven Saturdays, "One in 3" (music video)
Chamber of Echoes, "World of Silence" (music video)
Carla Michaels, "Bad and Beautiful" (music video)
Bad Wolf, "A Better World" (music video)
Davey Suicide, "Generation Fuck Star" (music video)
Awaken the Empire, "Cross My Heart" (music video)
Awaken the Empire, "Rise and Fall" (music video)
Coyote, "We Live Our Live in Black" (music video)
Lacey Conner, "The Stranger" (music video)
Awaken the Empire, "The Awakening" (music video)
Blacklisted Me, "Reprobate Romance" (music video)
Imperative Reaction, "Surface" (music video)
Fairuza Balk, "Stormwinds" (music video)
This Can't End Well, "I'll Let You Watch" (music video)
Combichrist, "Throat Full of Glass" (music video)
"The Waltz" (short film)
Brandon Ashley, "My Decadent Thursday" (music video)
Aiden, "Scavengers of the Damned" (music video)
"Fable" (short film)
D'Amato, "Speak No Evil" (music video)
Allhelluja, "Superhero Motherfucker Superman" (music video)
Derek Sherinian ft. Billy Idol and Slash, "In the Summertime" (music video)
Dragonlord, "Until the End" (music video)
Still Photography (Music Videos)
Static-X, Blindside, Soil, Trust Company, Marilyn Manson, The Rasmus, Himsa, Natalia Lesz, William Control, Brandon Ashley
Marilyn Manson, Aiden, Madlife, gODHEAD, Fear Factory, Collide, The Last Dance, Black Veil Brides, Combichrist, The Petrojvic Blasting Company, The Monkey Grinder Quartet, Dr. Steel, Jupiter Blue, Brandon Ashley, The Razor Skyline, Crown Jewel Defense, Picture Me Broken, William Control, MASQ, Davey Suicide
Lip Service, Evil Threads, Eirik Aswang, Mother of London, Antiseptic, Jessica Darwin, House of Bias, Junker Designs
Coilhouse, Famous Monsters of Filmland, Fierce, Hustler, Rue Morgue, Skin Two, NME, Spectrum, Gothic Beauty, Tattoo Savage, Carpe Noctem, Pit, Dark Realms, The Third Alternative
Gothic Beauty (Fall 2003), Fiend (Spring 2005), Zillo (Summer 2006)