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Bob Carlos Clarke, Irish (1950-2006) Signed Ltd Edition Photograph.

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50 x 39 cm Bob Carlos Clarke, Irish (1950-2006) signed Ltd edition photograph.

Bob Carlos Clarke (1950-2006), Shaft of Darkness, 1980s, a signed Limited Edition photographic print, 118/300, with blind stamp, signed in black into to the lower right

Robert (Bob) Carlos Clarke (24 June 1950 – 25 March 2006) was a British-Irish photographer who made erotic images of women as well as documentary, portrait and commercial photography.
Carlos Clarke was born in Cork, Ireland and educated at more than one English public school including Wellington College, Berkshire. After school and after a gap in Dublin working in various low-level positions at advertising agencies and newspapers as a trainee journalist and a brief spell in Belfast in 1969, Carlos Clarke moved back to England in the latter half of 1970 and enrolled in Worthing College of Art in West Sussex.

By 1975 he had moved to Brixton, London, and enrolled in the London College of Printing. He later went on to complete an MA from the Royal College of Art in photography, graduating in 1975.

He initially in 1969 or 1970 began photographing nudes as a means of making money; using his fellow students as models he shot for Paul Raymond Publications, Men Only and Club International.

Carlos Clarke's first encounter with photographing models in rubber and latex was an experience with a gentleman called 'The Commander', a publisher of a magazine for devotees of rubber wear who had contacted Carlos Clarke to shoot for his publication. The British pop artist Allen Jones[6] was a good friend of Carlos Clarke. Jones' work drew heavily on fetishism and he advised the younger photographer to lay off the fetish scene. He is "often referred to as the British Helmut Newton.