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 has spent many years living between the UK and California, USA. Her work has been published in Canada and the UK and she has recognition through Portrait of Britain, Portrait Salon, International Photography Awards (IPA) and work shown at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

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.

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.

Previous to that she had work published in Canada from ‘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.


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:

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:

2018, Contacto newspaper, 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:

2018, Contacto newspaper, Portugal – 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, Barbara’

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

Group Exhibitions:

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