Bob Carlos Clarke photographs donated to NPG
16 August 2013
An exciting collection of rarely before seen celebrity portraits by iconic photographer Bob Carlos Clarke have been donated to the National Portrait Gallery. Taken at various locations between 1971 and 1998, the images include Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, actress Rachel Weisz and fiery chef Marco Pierre.
Born in Ireland in 1950, Clarke worked across diverse spheres of photography, winning prestigious awards throughout his career and gaining critical acclaim from international collectors and institutions. He was described as "one of the great photographic image-makers of the last few decades" by Terence Pepper, Curator of Photographs at the National Portrait Gallery, and is famed for his controversial portraits and subject matter.
“These photographs are both classic and era defining. We are pleased to be able to add to the representation of Bob Carlos Clarke’s work in the National Portrait Gallery’s collection with this generous portfolio gift.” Clare Freestone, Associate Curator of Photographs at the National Portrait Gallery
After a period of rehab, Clarke sadly committed suicide in 2006. The Bob Carlos Clarke Foundation has since worked to celebrate and exhibit the artist’s work for future generations. John Jones is pleased to have a great working relationship with the foundation, framing many works by this iconic photographer.