Carly Clarke is a social documentary and portrait photographer. She travels locally and internationally with a passion on creating awareness about subjects and raising questions through photography. She has been based between Southern England and California, USA for a number of years.

Carly is driven by research led practices and is completely self-directed in her projects. In her long-term personal projects she emphasizes the importance of spending valuable time with her subjects. In her Canadian published photo-essay ‘Remember Me: Vancouver’s DTES,’ she says “It was extremely important for me to create relationships with people and spend time with them, so they would feel comfortable in opening up about their personal lives; the trust we built allowed me to create an honest portrayal about them within their everyday environment. I wanted to represent them as they were in that moment, not altering the truth.”

Current personal projects include ‘Godhulikala: A visual documentation of India’s forgotten elders,’ based in the tribal villages within the Himalayas, Northern India. As a follow-up and continuation of Carly’s’ work ‘Reality Trauma’ she is producing a photo series looking at the effect of a terminal illness on a person’s state of mind and identity, and how their perceptions of life and death change as a result of this experience.


Education:

2013-2015, MA Photography, Middlesex University, London

2009-13, BA (Hons) Photography, Middlesex University, London

2008-09, BA (Hons) Fine Art, Bath Spa University

Awards:

2016, Nominee Award – Story – Reality Trauma – Photogrvphy Grant

2016, Honorable Mention – Self-Portrait – Reality Trauma – Professional International Photography Awards (IPA)

2016, Honorable Mention – Editorial: Photo Essay and Feature Story – Remember Me: Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside – Professional International Photography Awards (IPA)

2015, The Eaton Fund – Grant Award – Photographer

2014, Honorable Mention – Reality Trauma – Studio Strike: The Curated Ego: ‘Selfie’ – National Portrait Gallery

2013, Luck Hill Foundation Postgraduate Photography Award – Middlesex University Scholarship

2013, Dean’s List of Outstanding Academic Achievement in BA Photography – Middlesex University

Print Publications:

2016, La Blend Magazine, Chandigarh, India. Feel Good: Talk | Reality Trauma – Cancer is a word not a Sentence – March Edition

2014, Point of View Magazine, Canada, ‘Remember Me: Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside’ – Issue 95, Fall 2014

Online Publications:

2016, Art Narratives – Godhūlikāla: A Visual Documentation of India’s Forgotten Elders by Carly Clarke

2016, Edge of Humanity Magazine – Documentary Photography – Fighting Cancer, Reality Trauma

2016, La Blend Magazine, India. Feel Good: Talk | Reality Trauma, ‘Cancer is a word not a Sentence’ March Edition

2016, Viewfind, Godhūlikāla: India’s forgotten Elders

2015, Portrait Salon, Bhuddo Devi, Godhūlikāla

2015, Darwin Magazine – Editor’s Pick: Carly Clarke – Godhūlikāla: A visual documentation of India’s forgotten Elders

2015, Portrait Salon Blog ‘Chemotherapy Self-Portrait,’ Reality Trauma

2015, Point of View Magazine, Canada – Photo-Essay: Remember Me: Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

2014, Middelsex University, BA Photography Degree, Profile, Carly Clarke 

2014, TRIP Magazine – Remember Me: Carly Clarke Captures Vancouver’s Homeless Residents

2014, Left a Bit: ‘When Courage and Photography Combine‘ Reality Trauma

Group Exhibitions / Projections:

2016, In Scope, Middlesex University MA Photography Graduate Showcase, Four Corners Gallery, London 22-28 Feb

2015, Portrait Salon, The Embassy Tea Gallery, London, 18-22 Nov | The Reminders Photography Stronghold Gallery, Tokyo

2014, The Curated Ego: ‘Selfie’ discussion by StudioSTRIKE, National Portrait Gallery, London, 16 Jan

2014, Portrait Salon: Fuse Art Space, Bradford: 10 Jan – 8 March

2013, Portrait Salon: Four Corners Gallery, London, Edinburgh, Brighton, Leeds: 12 Nov

2012, Middlesex University Show, Underground Gallery, London: 13 June – 2 July

2012, Middlesex University BA Photography Degree Show, Old Truman Brewery, London: 8-11 June

2013, Portrait Salon, Chemotherapy Self-Portrait, Reality Trauma

2012, Putting Life in Perspective about Carly Clarkes’ Cancer, Joe Doyle (JoFoto)