Friday 16 August 2013

National Portrait Gallery receives Carlos Clarke images

Carlos Clarke collaborated with Marco Pierre White on his celebrated cookbook White Heat, which influenced numerous cookbooks and Michelin chefs. The image of Mick Jagger was taken during a Rolling Stones performance at The Marquee in London in 1971.

A collection of rarely seen celebrity portraits by influential photographer Bob Carlos Clarke have been donated to the National Portrait Gallery.

The ten images includes one of his iconic pictures of chef Marco Pierre White.

Carlos Clarke died in 2006 and the portraits have been donated by his wife and daughter.

Clare Freestone from the NPG called the photographs "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," she said.

His wife Lindsey Carlos Clarke said she was "delighted" to donate the prints, as she felt it was "very important that future generations enjoy these intimate portraits".

The renowned photographer won numerous awards for his advertising campaigns and was acclaimed for his photo journalism as well his sometimes controversial portraits of celebrities and rock stars.

He also produced six books including his 1990 collaboration with Marco Pierre White called White Heat. Many credited Carlos Clarke's images in the book with creating the trend of celebrity chefs.

Terence Pepper, curator of photographs at the National Portrait Gallery, called him "one of the great photographic image-makers of the last few decades."

Following a period spent in The Priory rehab clinic, he killed himself in 2006.

A film about his life is currently in production.

Source: BBC

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