CJ Clarke

Basildon, Essex, UK

CJ Clarke is a documentary film maker and photographer who has worked for numerous NGO's, covering a wide variety of assignments including; HIV in Romania, poverty in Sri Lanka, eye-care and education in India and most recently, a climate change project in Mali for the international development charity, Christian Aid. He has documented various topics in the Middle East, including the 2006 Hizbullah-Israeli war for World Pictures News. He has completed long-term projects on social deprivation related issues in the UK and over the last two years has been making a series of films on the subject of domestic violence. CJ Clarke has won the Ian Parry Award (2006), the Observer Hodge Award (2005, 2006), the Magenta Foundation's Flash Forward Competition (2006, 2008, 2010) and the Press Photographers Year (2009). A major exhibition of his project Forgotten Union: Belfast Now was exhibited at the Belfast Exposed Gallery in April 2010. CJ is also a consultant for Changing Ideas, a charity whose purpose is to support and develop the use of visual imagery in humanitarian campaigns.

The Women of Tabakro

The images from this series were taken in 2009 whilst on assignment in Mali for the international development charity Christian Aid, UK. The trip was looking at the effects of climate change on the country. We visited Tabakro to explore their various renewable energy initiatives and discover how these were affecting the material and social well being of the village's inhabitants. We were welcomed into the village by a group of women dressed in clothes of fantastic colours and patterns. They were singing traditional songs accompanied by two men playing drums. I was captivated by the beauty and dignity of these women and set about crafting a portrait of each, that captured their unique, individual character.


Playgrounds, Belfast Exposed Gallery, Belfast, Ireland.

The Otter Gallery, Open Competition.
Britain’s New Town’s, Book Launch, The Gallery.
Uncertain Street, Medcalf Gallery, London, UK.

Away from Home - New Hotels in London, New London Architecture Gallery, London.
Next Generation Architects, Architecture Foundation, The Yard Gallery, London.
Magic Party Place, DMG Gallery, Darlington, UK.

Magic Party Place, Towngate Theatre, Basildon, UK.
Observer Hodge Award Exhibition, Guardian Newsroom, London.
Ian Parry Award Exhibition, Getty Gallery, London.

Nov 2005
Observer Hodge Award Exhibition, Guardian Newsroom, London.
Romanian HIV Orphans Exhibition, City Screen Cinema, York.


Nikon / British Journal of Photography Project Assistance Award Finalist.
Magenta Foundation Emerging Photographers 2010: Winner UK.

The Press Photographers Year, Selected Entry.

Magenta Foundation Emerging Photographers Competition: Winner UK.

Observer Hodge Award
Ian Parry Award
Magenta Foundation Emerging Photographers Competition: Winner UK.

Observer Hodge Award

Documentary Film and multimedia

Mother & Daughter, Director/Writer, Global Stories for School-Home Support.

Seeing is Believing, Director/Producer, UK.

Three Films About Domestic Violence, Director/Producer. Produced for the Basildon Womens Aid charity, UK.
Forward Thinking, Director/Producer. Produced for the charity Forward Thinking, UK.

Smallest Witness, Editor/Producer. Produced for Human Rights Watch, UK.

Long-term Documentary Projects

Magic Party Place, Documenting the lives, habits and environment of contemporary Britain.
Forgotten Union, Documenting Northern Ireland’s loyalist community. Supported by Belfast Exposed Gallery, Belfast, Ireland.

Selected Assignments

Climate change in Mali for the international development charity Christian Aid.
Eyecare in India for Sightsavers International.
Disability in Sri Lanka for Motivation, an international disability and development organisation.
Architecture photography for Blauel Architects.
2006 war in Lebanon for World Pictures News.

Selected Clients

Christian Aid
British World Airways
Vanity Fair
Standard Chartered Bank
Sightsavers International
The Lansdowne Club
The Sloane Club
World Picture News
Ralph Lauren
The Architecture Foundation
New London Architecture
University of the Arts London
Universal Pictorial Press & Agency (UPPA)
The Guardian
Global Stories
Centre for Investigative Journalism.

EYE BUY CJ Clarke...