Aug 132013

Rachel WeiszAn impress­ive selec­tion of rarely seen celebrity por­traits by renowned pho­to­grapher Bob Car­los Clarke have been donated to the col­lec­tion by the Bob Car­los Clarke Foundation.

The pho­to­graphs, which were taken in vari­ous loc­a­tions between 1971 and 1998, include por­traits of high pro­file fig­ures such as Marco Pierre White, who Car­los Clarke pho­to­graphed in his stu­dio fol­low­ing the suc­cess of his acclaimed recipe book and auto­bi­o­graphy White Heat, a strik­ing por­trait of act­ress Rachel Weisz, shot in Car­los Clarke’s stu­dio in 1993, and , taken dur­ing a Rolling Stones per­form­ance at The Mar­quee in Lon­don in 1971.

Other high­lights from the col­lec­tion include por­traits of Ron­nie Wood and Bryan Ferry, both pho­to­graphed by Car­los Clarke for the 1997 Power­gen cal­en­dar, and a por­trait of smil­ing dir­ectly at the cam­era, which was taken dur­ing an album cover shoot in 1991. Por­traits of Elle Macph­er­son, taken dur­ing a 1993 photo shoot for lux­ury jew­eller But­ler & Wilson and Chris­topher Lee, shot for the 1993 Power­gen cal­en­dar were also donated to the Gallery.

Marco Pierre WhiteCar­los Clarke (1950 – 2006) was born in Cork, Ire­land, and moved to Eng­land in 1964 to study art and design at The West Sus­sex Col­lege of Art where he developed a strong interest in . He went on to The Lon­don Col­lege of Print­ing, before com­plet­ing an MA degree in at the Royal Col­lege of Art in 1975.

Car­los Clarke worked across many pho­to­graphy styles, win­ning numer­ous awards for his high-profile advert­ising cam­paigns and inter­na­tional recog­ni­tion for his pho­to­journ­al­ism and por­traits of celebrit­ies. He became par­tic­u­larly well known for his con­tro­ver­sial por­traits, the sub­jects of which included rock stars and glam­or­ous female models.

Bob Car­los Clarke had two solo exhib­i­tions dur­ing his life­time; Styx at Hamiltons Gal­lery in May­fair, Lon­don in 1991 and his first digital pho­to­graphy exhib­i­tion Love Dolls Never Die at Eye­storm Gal­lery in 2004. He also 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).

Mick JaggerFol­low­ing a period in rehab­il­it­a­tion clinic The Pri­ory, Car­los Clarke com­mit­ted sui­cide in 2006. His wife Lind­sey Car­los Clarke and daugh­ter Scar­lett have gen­er­ously donated the ten prints to the National Por­trait Gal­lery col­lec­tion in recog­ni­tion of Car­los Clarke’s remark­able con­tri­bu­tion to por­trait photography.

Clare Free­stone, Asso­ci­ate Cur­ator of Pho­to­graphs at the National Por­trait Gal­lery, says:

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.

For fur­ther inform­a­tion about the Bob Car­los Clarke Found­a­tion, visit
Pho­tos: Rachel Weisz, Marco Pierre White and Mick Jag­ger by Bob Car­los Clarke © Estate of Bob Car­los Clarke

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