Edmund Clark

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Edmund Clark HonFRPS is a British photographer whose work explores incarceration and control in the War on Terror.[1][2] In 2018 Clark was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society.

Life and career[edit]

Clark worked as a researcher in London and Brussels before gaining a postgraduate diploma in photojournalism at London College of Communication.[3]

He gained access to Guantanamo Bay and to a house under a control order (housing an individual held under the Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Act 2011). His book Control Order House is his response to a period he spent staying in a house with a man known as 'CE' who had been placed under a Control Order due to his suspected involvement with terrorist-related activity. Clark spent three days working in the house taking a large number of quick, uncomposed photographs surveying the site. These images, along with architectural plans of the house, redacted documents relating to the case and a diary kept by 'CE' form a portrait of sorts: of the site and its inhabitant and of the structure of legal restriction imposed and represented by the house.[4]


  • Still Life: Killing Time. Stockport: Dewi Lewis, 2007. ISBN 978-1904587538
  • Guantanamo: If the Light Goes Out. Stockport: Dewi Lewis, 2010. ISBN 978-1904587965
  • Control Order House. Stockport: Here Press, 2013. ISBN 978-0-9574724-0-2. Edition of 250 copies.
  • The Mountains of Majeed. Stockport: Here Press, 2014. ISBN 978-0-9574724-8-8. 8 photographs, 4 paintings by Majeed, 3 Taliban poems. Edition of 450 copies.
  • Negative Publicity: Artefacts of Extraordinary Rendition. New York: Aperture, 2015. ISBN 978-1-59711-351-9. Released to coincide with Clark's solo exhibition at Imperial War Museum, London, July 2016 – August 2017.[5]
  • My Shadow's Reflection. London: Here Press; Birmingham: Ikon Gallery, 2018. ISBN 978-1-911155-15-7. Edition of 1000 copies.


  • First place Editorial Essay, International Photography Awards
  • First place Editorial Feature, International Photography Awards
  • Shortlisted for the International Photographer of the Year prize at the Lucie Awards[6]
  • 2014: Shortlisted for the Prix Pictet for Guantánamo: If the Light Goes Out[7][8]
  • 2018: Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society, Bath[9]


Permanent collections[edit]


  1. ^ Lane, Captions by Guy; Clark, photographs by Edmund (3 November 2010). "If the Light Goes Out: Edmund Clark's pictures of Guantánamo Bay" – via www.theguardian.com.
  2. ^ "The long read: Edmund Clark and Crofton Black on the War on Terror". British Journal of Photography. 1 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Prix Pictet Biography". Retrieved 4 February 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Recent Acquisitions". Imperial War Museum. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
  5. ^ http://www.herepress.org/publications/edmund-clark-control-order-house/
  6. ^ "BJP Edmund Clark's Guantanamo: If the light goes out". Archived from the original on 1 November 2010. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
  7. ^ "Edmund Clark - Prix Pictet - The global award in photography and sustainability". www.prixpictet.com.
  8. ^ O'Hagan, Sean (16 August 2012). "Political, provocative, personal: photography to look forward to". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  9. ^ "The Royal Photographic Society Awards 2018". rps.org. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  10. ^ "Edmund Clark: War of Terror". Imperial War Museum. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  11. ^ King, Alex (22 July 2016). "The artist peering into the darkest corners of the War on Terror: From suburbia to Guantanamo". Huck. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  12. ^ Myall, Steve (26 July 2016). "A force feeding chair, a waterboard and collection of shackles are among haunting War on Terror images". Daily Mirror. London. Retrieved 16 September 2016.

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