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 Bob Carlos Clarke / TOP TEN

December 2020 - 8 January 2021


To mark the end of what would have been the 70th birthday year of the legendary British photographer, we are proud to showcase our TOP TEN artworks by Bob Carlos Clarke. 


“One of the great photographic image-makers of the last few decades”

Terence Pepper, Curator of Photographs at the National Portrait Gallery (1978-2013)


Bob Carlos Clarke was born in Cork, Ireland in 1950. He moved to England to study art and design at The West Sussex College of Art where he developed an interest in photography. He then went on to The London College of Printing, before completing his degree at the Royal College of Art in 1975.


He worked in almost every sphere of photography, winning numerous awards for his high-profile advertising campaigns, recognition for his photojournalism and portraits of celebrities, and international acclaim from collectors of fine prints, often referred to as Britain’s answer to Helmut Newton.


Bob Carlos Clarke produced six books: The Illustrated Delta of Venus (1979), Obsession (1981), The Dark Summer (1985), White Heat (1990), Shooting Sex (2002), and Love Dolls Never Die (2004). A 25th anniversary edition of White Heat (Octopus) was published in 2015. Since his death the Estate of Bob Carlos Clarke has published two books: The Agony and The Ecstasy (Jane & Jeremy, 2018), and STUDIO (The Little Black Gallery, 2020). A biography Exposure: The Unusual Life and Violent Death of Bob Carlos Clarke by Sunday Times bestselling author Simon Garfield was published by Ebury Press in 2009.


He died in 2006. His works are highly collectable and have been acquired by national art galleries including the National Portrait Gallery (UK), National Media Museum for the National Photography Collection (UK), the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum (USA), and Crawford Art Gallery (Ireland); as well as private collections including the Michael Wilson Centre of Photography and the Elton John Photography Collection.


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