The very first photo book I bought – ovcer twenty years ago – was ‘Obsessions’ by Bob Carlos Clarke and still recall being shocked to discover six years ago that he had taken his own life.Described as ‘one of the great photographic image-makers of the last few decade’ by Terence Pepper, Curator of Photographs at the National Portrait Gallery, a new exhibition at London’s Little Black Gallery gives the public and collectors a rare opportunity to view and buy unique Bob Carlos Clarke photographs.
All the pictures have been chosen by his widow Lindsey Carlos Clarke from the extensive archives. Many are handcoloured, distressed, or were printed once and then left forgotten until now.
Bob Carlos Clarke was born in Cork, Ireland in 1950. He worked in almost every sphere of photography, winning numerous awards for his high-profile advertising campaigns, recognition for his photojournalism and portraits of celebrities, and international acclaim from collectors of fine prints. He died in 2006.
Bob Carlos Clarke produced six books: The Illustrated Delta of Venus (1979), Obsession (1981), The Dark Summer (1985), White Heat (1990), Shooting Sex (2002), and Love Dolls Never Die (2004).
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28. May – 30. Jun 12
Monday – Friday 11am-1pm and 2-6pm, Saturday 11am-4pm