Carly Clarke is a social documentary and editorial photographer working primarily with 120 film. Her work focuses on finding current social and political issues in society as well as those that may may otherwise go unnoticed. Storytelling through the voices of subjects she photographs is key to her work. She spent many years living between the UK and California, USA and now resides in the UK. Her work has been published in Canada and the UK and she has recognition through the BBC, Portrait of Britain, Portrait Salon, International Photography Awards (IPA) and work shown at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

In 2012 she turned the camera toward herself while facing a late stage cancer, producing a series called ‘Reality Trauma’ about the effects of chemotherapy, while exploring her identity and what it means to face the edge of life and recently after her brother Joe was diagnosed with the same cancer 8 years on she also documented his journey in a project called ‘In The Blood’.

Recent work includes ‘Jamadagni’s Temple: The Real Full Moon Festival,’ a journey to Malana, an ancient, solitary village tucked away in the upper reaches of the Himalayas, in Parvati valley of Himachal Pradesh, India. Carly documented an important spiritual pilgrimage where Malanese people connect with impure outsiders, if only in union and spirit once per year to worship the same God, Jamadagni Rishi. Malana is a rich storehouse of fables, myths and legends. The holy mountains echo with music during this festival, the men dance and smoke the potent Malana cream. Indians trek miles to be part of this spectacle, isolated from civilization. Interviewing locals about Shaun festival, life and learning how the Malanese people are survivors of a brutal newborn custom under a full moon.

In her long term work ‘Godhūlikāla: India’s Forgotten Elders’ focuses on the issues of elder abuse and abandonment where she began in India, then travelling around the Northern Himalayan regions visiting tribal villages, towns & cities to seek out cases.

Previous to that she had worked in Canada on ‘Remember Me: Vancouver’s DTES’ where she worked on the streets of Vancouver’s downtown documenting locals personal stories and hardships of life in the area.

Please click on the below links to articles and more detailed online features about the various works by Carly.  


2013-2015, MA Photography, Middlesex University, London

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

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


2018, Honorable Mention – Category: People, Culture – ‘Jamadagni’s Temple: The Real Full Moon Festival’ – International Photography Awards (IPA)

2018, Shortlist – Portrait of Britain 2018 with British Journal of Photography – Portrait of Britain book by Hoxton Mini Press

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

2016, Honorable Mention – Category: People Self Portrait ‘Reality Trauma’ – International Photography Awards (IPA)

2016, Honorable Mention – Category: Editorial Photo Essay and Feature Story – ‘Remember Me: Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside’ – 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:

2020: Lymphoma Action – Reality Trauma

2018, Jornal Contacto, Portugal – World | “In India, there are elderly who can not live or die” by Sibila Lind

2018, Portrait of Britain book – Hoxton Mini Press

2018, The Argus – ‘Excited fans get carried away on the night’

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:

2020, Lymphoma Action – Reality Trauma

2020, MAP6 Featured Carly Clarke, Remember Me: Vancouver’s DTES

2020, W Radio – Carly Clarke, the photographer who portrayed her own cancer 

2019, BBC News – Stories “Me, my camera, my brother… our cancer” by Oliver Jarvis

2019, Metal Magazine – Carly Clarke documenting a life-changing journey

2019, British Journal of Photography, ‘Portrait of Britain: Carly Clarke on documenting a life-changing journey’

2018, Jornal Contacto, Luxembourg – World | “In India, there are elderly who can not live or die” by Sibila Lind

2018, Suitcase Magazine – Photo Journals – ‘Jamadagni’s Temple: The Real Full Moon Festival’

2018, British Journal of Photography – Shortlist announcement – Portrait of Britain book 2018

2016, Lensculture Feature: 111 New Street Photography discoveries – ‘Remember Me: Vancouver’s DTES’

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, Viewfind, Godhūlikāla: India’s forgotten Elders

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

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


2021, Brighton & Hove Camera Club talk by Carly, 26th January 7.30-9.45pm

2019, Photography on  a Postcard, Summer Exhibition, Spitalfields July 1-8th

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