Simon Clarke grew up and now lives in the St Ives area of Cornwall,
England. This Atlantic landscape and inherent histories remains an influence. After undergraduate and postgraduate studies he was a Fellow at Plymouth University. After he then moved to Kenya where he worked as a Lecturer in Fine Art at Kenyatta University. Here photography became a central part of his artistic practice drawing inspiration from the landscape, people and culture. On his return to England, visits to New York and Paris provided new subjects of inspiration. While PhD fieldwork in East Africa engaged with photography and digital technology to inform methodologies.
Subsequent projects have engaged with new locations and their intrinsic
social realities. Over the last four years Simon has visited South Africa
to do research for a book on South African photography. This has also enabled him to develop photographic essays on the Highveld and Cape. He has been fortunate to meet many iconic photographers such as the late David Goldblatt, Omar Badsha, Roger Ballen, Jo Ractliffe and Paul Weinberg. 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 internationally and his work is featured in a number of international publications.