Simon A. Clarke Photographer, Digital Artist, Author
Simon A. Clarke grew up and now lives in the St Ives area of Cornwall. The Atlantic landscape and inherent histories remain an influence. After being a Fellow at Plymouth University he moved to Kenya where he worked as a Lecturer in Fine Art at Kenyatta University. Here photography became a central part of his creative practice drawing inspiration from landscape, people and culture. On his return to England, visits to New York and Paris provided new sources of inspiration. While doctoral fieldwork back in East Africa incorporated photography as a methodology to record African textiles in context. Subsequent projects have documented other settings and their intrinsic social realities. Over the last four years he has visited South Africa to undertake research for a book on the history South African photography. On these visits he met photographers such as David Goldblatt, Omar Badsha, Roger Ballen, Pieter Hugo and Paul Weinberg. While in Africa he also developed his own photography essays on the Highveld and at the Cape. Simon is the author of commissioned art and design publications and self-published books on his photography and digital projects (surreal explorations into environment, industry, science and the future). He has exhibited and lectured overseas and his work is featured in a number of international publications.