Bob Carlos Clarke images acquired for the National Photography Collection.
104 prints by the acclaimed British photographer Bob Carlos Clarke, including iconic images of Keith Richards, Marco Pierre White, Caprice, Mandy Smith and Rachel Weisz, have been acquired by the National Media Museum for the National Photography Collection.
Carlos Clarke (1950 – 2006), became best known for his sexually provocative and stylised images, as well as a perfectionism and experimental approach in printing. For 30 years he photographed models, actors, musicians, commercial adverts and several still life pieces.
His career started after he left the Royal College of Art in 1975, but his rise to fame came in the 1980s, and for the next two decades his work was synonymous with glamour, eroticism, fashion and fame.
Greg Hobson, Curator of Photographs at the National Media Museum, said: ‘Bob Carlos Clarke is undoubtedly a significant figure in British photography, representing many of the things that were both most interesting, but also most challenging in the rapidly evolving photographic landscape of the 1980s and 90s. He was a versatile and imaginative photographer, and there is a consistent level of quality in all his work, in particular in the photographs that he meticulously printed himself.’
The prints have been gifted to the National Photography Collection by Lindsey Carlos Clarke and the Bob Carlos Clarke Estate.
A significant selection of the photographer’s work is on display in the exhibition Bob Carlos Clarke: Living Dolls at The Little Black Gallery until 21 June.
Images (from top): From: The Agony & The Ecstasy, 1994, by Bob Carlos Clarke © The Estate of Bob Carlos Clarke; Masked Blonde, 1996, by Bob Carlos Clarke © The Estate of Bob Carlos Clarke; Keith Richards Smoking, 1987, by Bob Carlos Clarke © The Estate of Bob Carlos Clarke