Clive Arrowsmith is a celebrated international photographer who is based in London.
After leaving art school in North Wales, where he had studied painting and design, he attended Kingston College of Art, where he gained a first class Degree. On graduation, he painted for two years. He then began taking photographs whilst working as a graphic designer for Rediffusion TV (the makers of the legendary music show Ready Steady Go!).
On leaving television to work as a photographer, he soon gained commissions from leading fashion magazines, most notably, British & French Vogue, Nova Magazine, Harpers, The Sunday Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Esquire U.S.A, and the F.T. “How to Spend It” luxury magazine and numerous publications worldwide.
Clive continues to work in this genre in both editorial and advertising photography but is equally known for his music and celebrity images of Sir Paul McCartney, Wings, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck, George Harrison, Daniel Barenboim, Anna Netrebko, Art Garfunkel, Def Leppard, Prince Charles, Michael Caine and Damien Hirst to name just a few of the celebrated people he has photographed.
Clive Arrowsmith is the only photographer to have photographed the Pirelli Calendar two years in succession, taking on the themes of Heroines and Chinese Astrology with typical enthusiasm. The Heroines calendar was also the subject of a TV documentary for Granada TV which was fronted by broadcasting legend Michael Aspel and documented the story behind the pictures, including the entire set blowing off the edge of a cliff!
Arrowsmith continued to broaden his creative scope by moving on to direct commercials for Heinz, Revlon, Hamlet Cigars (winner of The Silver Lion Cannes Film Festival), Rapeed Sunglasses, Greenail Whitney also music videos of artists like Lee Griffiths, Jamiroquai, Jools Holland, ZTT and Def. Leppard.
Clive Arrowsmith worked on the Free Tibet campaign with the Heavy Metal band, “Chthonic”, in Taiwan and appointed to shoot portraits of His Holiness the Dalai Lama several times. Clive recently reinvigorated his longstanding relationship with Japanese design legend Kansai Yamamoto and travelled to Japan 2014 to work with Kansai photographing his new collection and filming behind the scenes at his ‘Hello Tokyo’ Supershow”. and is continuing to work editing the film on Kansai Yamamoto shot in Tokyo, with still more to shoot to continue on it, in 2018.
Arrowsmith is a Fellow of The Royal Photographic Society. Clive’s work is also included in the newly released limited edition book “VOGUE Voice of A Century” and in “50 Years of Pirelli “ published by Taschen.
“Fashion, Beauty and Portraits” by Arrowsmith is in the permanent Art collection of the V&A Museum in London, which was described by Jeffrey Felner of the prestigious New York Journal of Books as “nothing short of breathtaking”. The book was launched at the prestigious Fashion Museum, London, where Clive enthralled his audience with numerous humorous behind the scene tales of his high profile shoots,
The National Portrait Gallery London has just purchased five of Clive photographs and his book is also in their permanent collection.
Clive’s next book “Rock, Fashion& Portraits” is now in preparation and expected to be published in the beginning of 2018.with forward by Susanna Brown of the V&A Museum.
Clive Arrowsmith will be in discussion with Lorenzo Agius at Xposure Festival in the Auditorium and be shooting a special feature in Sharjah.