Control Order House, Installation view, Courtesy of Imperial War Museum
Edmund Clark uses photography, found imagery and text to explore links between representation and politics. His most recent series Negative Publicity, Artefacts of Extraordinary Rendition is a collection of photographs and documents that confront the nature of contemporary warfare and the invisible mechanisms of state control. From George W. Bush’s 2001 declaration of the “war on terror” until 2008, an unknown number of people disappeared into a network of secret prisons organized by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Produced together with counterterrorism investigator Crofton Black, the project recreates this network of CIA “black sites” - a system hidden in plain sight. The project was awarded the Documentary and Photojournalism prize at the 2017 ICP Infinity Awards.
Previous series include The Mountains of Majeed (2014), a reflection on the end of the war in Afghanistan through photography, found imagery and Taliban poetry, Control Order House (2011), the result of exclusive access to work and stay in a house in which a man suspected of involvement with terrorist-related activity had been placed under a Control Order, Guantanamo: If the Light Goes Out (2010) and Still Life Killing Time (2007), exploring the consequences of control and incarceration. After studying for a degree in History and French at the University of Sussex, Brighton and La Sorbonne, Paris, he worked as a researcher in London and Brussels before gaining a postgraduate diploma at the London College of Communications.
The artist's photographs have been exhibited internationally at the Imperial War Museum, London, Zephyr, Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, Mannheim, Huis Marseille Museum, Amsterdam, Houston Center for Photography, Texas, Saatchi Gallery, London, Aperture Foundation, New York and Imperial War Museum North, Manchester.
His work is featured in many important national and international collections including those of the National Portrait Gallery and Imperial War Museum in London, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and The George Eastman House, Rochester.
He is a regular participant in talks and symposia and has presented Guantanamo: If The Light Goes Out at the House of Lords, London, Captivity in Twentieth Century Warfare: Archives, History, Memory, at the cole Militaire, Paris, Medium & Message: Conflict Photography in the Digital Era, at the University College, Dublin, Remembering Guantanamo, at the Columbia University, New York and The Political Life of Things, at the Imperial War Museum, London. He has also worked as an Artist-in-Residence for the National Trust in Britain.
Edmund Clark was shortlisted for the 2013 Prix Pictet for his series Guantanamo: If the Light Goes Out, and his work has been recognised with other numerous awards including The Royal Photographic Society Award, Hood Medal (2011), Best Book Award at the New York Photo Awards (2011), Lucie Awards, International Photographer of the Year, Book Category (2011), Best Book of The Year selection at the International Photobook Festival, Kassel (2011) and Best Personal Work, Photo District News Annual (2011).
The artist has published five monographs.
The Victory Column of Enduring Freedom, Installation view Flowers Gallery, 2015
Razor wire, rebar, aggregate
Revealing Pictures: Photographs from the Christopher E. Olofson Collection
Featuring Edmund Clark and Robert Polidori
Princeton University Art Museum
News and Events
Photo London Academy: Edmund Clark In Conversation with Jonathan WatkinsSomerset House
19 April, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Edmund Clark Talk at Aesthetica Magazine Future Now Symposium 2018York St John University
18 May, 12:30 – 2:00pm
Edmund Clark featured in The Guardian
29 January 2018
Edmund Clark featured in Interview Magazine
26 January 2018
Book Launch: Edmund Clark - My Shadow's ReflectionLondon
7 February, 6:00 – 8:00pm
In Conversation: Edmund Clark and Fred RitchinNew York
27 January, 4:00 – 6:00pm
Opening Reception: Edmund Clark - The Mountains of MajeedNew York
27 January, 4:00 – 6:00pm
Edmund Clark featured in The Financial Times
29 November 2017
Representing Conflict Now - Panel Discussion with Edmund ClarkImperial War Museum
17 June, 11:00am – 5:00pm
Edmund Clark wins ICP 2017 Infinity Award
12 January 2017
Edmund Clark featured in The New York Times
18 August 2016
Book Launch - Negative Publicity: Artefacts of Extraordinary Rendition, Edmund Clark and Crofton BlackLondon
19 March, 4:00 – 6:00pm
Edmund Clark in conversation with Dr Paul LoweLondon College of Communication
4 March 2015
Edmund Clark featured on Le Journal
31 December 2012
Edmund Clark featured on ArtForum
29 December 2012
Edmund Clark - Paris Photo Interviews
Edmund Clark Interview with Studio International
Edmund Clark and Crofton Black | ICP 2017 Infinity Award
Edmund Clark - Orange Screen (extract)