Bob Carlos Clarke was a prolific photographer, described as “Britain’s answer to Helmut Newton”, in his short life he had a strong impact upon and influenced the development of photography from the late 20th Century through to the present day.
He was sent to an all-male boarding school in England at a young age and this experience influenced his photography and his choice of subject matter, both as a student and new photographer and then later in adult life.
After finishing secondary education he went to Dublin for a year, working in various low level positions at advertising agencies and newspapers as a trainee journalist. After a brief spell in Belfast in 1969, Carlos Clarke moved to England in the latter half of 1970 and enrolled in the Worthing College of Art. It was here that he met his first wife Sue Frame, knowing that she was a part-time model he “knew he had to become a photographer without delay” and persuaded her to pose for him on a chromed 650cc Triumph Bonneville.