Saturday, June 27, 2009
bob carlos clarke - RIP
here's the start of a feature length article on one of my favourite photographers Bob Carlos Clarke who pioneered a considerable amount of latx and fetish imagery into both fashion and advertising.
The naked truth about Bob Carlos Clarke
In 2006 the legendary photographer Bob Carlos Clarke threw himself under a train - a dramatic end to a troubled life. He left behind a portfolio of iconic images. Simon Garfield sheds light on the dark mind behind the lens
On 25 March 2006, the photographer Bob Carlos Clarke checked himself out of the Priory Hospital in Barnes, southwest London, walked a short distance to a railway track, and jumped in front of a train. He was 55, and it was a terrible end to a complex life. But, as endings go, it was not an entirely surprising one.
Carlos Clarke was best known as a photographer of women in a state of undress, a subject that obsessed him long before he took up a camera. But his reputation - as "Britain's answer to Helmut Newton" - hints at only a fraction of his talent (or his potential talent), and suggests none of the turmoil that governed his career. How else to describe him? He was fastidious about control in his professional life but reckless in his private one. He wrestled continuously in the gulf between commerce and art. He was terrifically explosive company. He was his own worst enemy.
continues here. do check out the links in the article as well as his homepage.