Giles Clarke

Giles Clarke is a social documentary photographer based in New York City. 

Giles was born in London in 1965 and began taking pictures seriously in Berlin in 1985 where he lived for three years. On his return to London in 1988, Clarke worked as a professional black and white photographic printer for many of London's fashion and advertising photographers. In 1995, he moved to New York City where he began an intense year in the Richard Avedon studio working on such campaigns such as Versace, Hugo Boss, and Calvin Klein. In 1997, Clarke moved with his wife to Los Angeles and began producing television spots for Channel 4 UK, which cemented Clarke in Hollywood, where he remained until 2007. It was during this time that he collaborated with Paul Oakenfold on his tour visuals and the track, 'Nixon's Spirit', along with the legendary Hunter S. Thompson which appeared on Oakenfold’s 'Bunka' album in 2001.

In 2007, he and his family moved back to NYC, where Clarke continued a bi-coastal career directing viral advertising campaigns for clients such as Coldplay, Land Rover and Cadillac. He also began his serious work and dedication to activism starting with a 6-week stint in Bhopal, India where he filmed and photographed the victims of the Union Carbide gas tragedy that still continues to haunt the inhabitants of that city. To this day, Clarke has been working very closely with the Bhopal Medical Appeal on raising awareness. 

Since September 2011, Giles has has documented the 'Occupy' movement and recently won awards for his coverage of 'Occupy Sandy'.