Giles Clarke is a photojournalist focusing on capturing the human face of current and post-conflict issues throughout the world. Since 2017, Clarke has been working closely with UN/OCHA on awareness campaigns in war-torn Yemen and the Sahel region of central Africa.
Clarke began his film and photography career in West Berlin as a 16mm camera assistant at the height of the Cold War during the mid-1980s before switching to a successful professional black-and-white photographic printer career in London and New York. In 1997, Clarke worked in the Richard Avedon darkroom in New York on some now-iconic fashion campaigns. From 1998 to 2008, Clarke moved to Los Angeles, where he worked with Channel 4 (UK) on film-based content stories and directed advertising web-based segments for clients such as Budweiser, Hummer, and Cadillac.
In 2007, Clarke began reporting from Bhopal, India on the devastating toxic legacy of the Union Carbide gas disaster in 1984. His work for the Bhopal Medical Appeal is an ongoing awareness project similar to his environmentally-led work in Louisiana, Haiti, and Latin America. His harrowing work from the Bhopal slums was awarded a POYi award in 2016.
During 2016, Clarke traveled with Mr. Ban Ki-moon to over 40 countries documenting the UN Secretary-General’s final year of tenure.
In 2016, Clarke was awarded 1st prize by the National Press Photographers Association for his Haiti work ‘Waste In Time’ (Environmental Picture Story).
In 2017, he was presented with a Lucie Statue at Carnegie Hall for ‘Yemen In Crisis’. For his work covering Yemen, Clarke received a Gold Award by PX3 Prix De La Photographie Paris in 2021.
In September 2021, ‘Yemen; Conflict + Chaos’ was exhibited in a solo show at Visa pour L’Image in Perpignan.
In December 2021, Clarke was awarded the ‘WARS Photography Award’ by created by Associazione 46 Parallelo / Atlante delle Wars and Conflicts of the World “and Montura, sponsor of the award, together with Intersos NGO and Trentino Historical Museum Foundation.
Giles is a contributing reportage photographer to Getty Images and represented by Ilaria Quadrani Fine Arts in New York for exhibition print sales.
Cameroon Conflict Research Group – Oxford University Press – Faculty of Law (All photography)
‘Cascades of Violence: War, Crime, and Peacebuilding Across South Asia”. (contributed photographs)
– Australian National Press
“Kurdistan…A Story Of Survival” – A book on Yazidi survivors from ISIS terror. (contributed photographs)
‘The Guardian Angel of Guatemala’ – Director/producer – A short film in 2014 on Dr. Jorge Chiu at work on the streets of Guatemala City.
EXHIBITIONS & SCREENINGS:
2022: The Nobel Peace Center, Oslo. Norway. ‘100 years of Refugees’ exhibition (opening June 2022) Group show
2021: ‘Yemen: Conflict+Chaos’ Solo Exhibition – The Peace Palace – The Hague, Holland.
2021: ‘Yemen: Conflict+Chaos’ Solo Print Exhibition -Visa Pour l’Image: International Festival of Photojournalism, Perpignan/France
2021: ‘State of the World’ Print Exhibition (group)- Cameroon; The Anglophone War – Espace Beaurepaire, Paris.
2021: Art Hamptons (Bridgehampton); Art On Paper (Pier 36 NYC) – Ilaria Quadrani Fine Arts – New York
2021: ‘Occupy – Ten Years On’ – Group show – Revelation Gallery – New York
2019: ‘Migrants Risk All’ – Amnesty International EU Campaign Exhibit – Solo Show – Trame di Quartiere, Catania, Sicily/Italy
2019: ‘Yemen; Crisis & Conflict’ – Visa Pour l’Image: International Festival of Photojournalism, Perpignan/France
2019: ‘Selected Stories’ – The Quay Arts Center – Solo Show – Isle Of Wight, UK
2017: ‘Yemen 2017’ – Visa Pour l’image: International Festival of Photojournalism, Perpignan, France
2017: ‘Somalia:’ – Visa Pour l’Image: International Festival of Photojournalism screening
2016: ‘Head On’ Photo Festival – ‘Waste In Time’ – Solo show – Sydney, Australia