Clare Park’s creative energy and insight into physical psychology and human behaviour enable those around her to fully participate in photographic story telling.
Clare originally trained as a ballet dancer. She went on to learn many photography skills from the legendary international fashion photographers of the 1980s, as both model and then aspiring photographer – particularly supported by the late Norman Parkinson and David Bailey. Later Clare veered away from the fashion industry to study photography in London at the Royal College of Art and began exploring the form of self-portraiture, developing this work through personal narratives of her own life journey, winning the Vogue/Sotheby and Sunday Times awards.
The body, movement and the collaborative process with her subjects form the foundation to Clare’s work, and her strong personal style is evident in the posters she devises for theatre companies, such as the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the National Theatre, as well as for editorials, portraiture and books.
In collaboration with co-creator Debbie Green, she recently self-published Breaking Form: Re-Formed about one man’s journey with Parkinson’s, and A Square Foot of Sky, visually interpreting the writings of a woman’s experiences of thirteen years spent in secure institutions. This personalised way of working is the key to the creation of Clare’s photography.
Clare’s has won many awards and her work is widely exhibited. It is held in permanent collections at the National Portrait Gallery, London and the V&A Royal Photographic Collection.
She is based in London.
Locations: United Kingdom