CJ Clarke is an award winning director, producer and photographer.
His book, Magic Party Place, was the culmination of ten years work documenting contemporary England and the the rise of the right in the years over the last decade. The book was shortlisted for the Aperture Paris Photo First Book Award 2016, Arles Authors Book Award 2017, Photo Espana Book of the Year 2017 and Photo London Krasna-Kraus Photo Book Award 2017. A short film experimental film with C4 followed, which saw him return reconnect with characters from the book in the wake of the Brexit.
In parallel, CJ has been working on the project 'Loyalists' about contemporary Northern Ireland.
His film Cody’s Story won the inaugural BJP/Canon Open Shutter award and he also wrote and directed 'It Shouldn’t Happen Here' an advert Save the Children’s UK poverty campaign. Recently he directed a campaign ad for RSPCA. He has directed numbers films for Google, HP, Save the Children and Action Aid. Widely published his work has appeared in The Guardian, VICE, HUCK, Dazed and Confused, The New York Times, Vanity Fair and TIME.
He is co-founder and director of Just Another Photo Festival, a guerrilla festival that democratizes visual media by taking photography to the people and forging new audiences in India. Now in it’s third editon, the curator Carine Dolek called the festival, “adventurous, daring and militant” and JM Colberg said it “brings photography back to what the medium does best. It brings it back to the photographs themselves, and these photographs are shown to people who otherwise wouldn’t have access to them.”
As a producer his has worked across numerous projects, notably Blood Speaks a trans media project investigating the causes and consequences of normalised violence against women devised by artist and activist Poulomi Basu. This project was premiered at selected for the Sheffield Doc Fest Meet Market 2018, shortlisted for the Sheffield Doc Fest Interactive Commission 2018 and premiered at the Margaret Mead Film Festival at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. In March 2019, alongside Poulomi Basu he presented the project at SXSW.
His work has been commended in the once in the Ian Parry Award, twice in the Observer Hodge Award, three times in the Magenta Flash Forward Award.
He is co-founder of crowd sourced activist initiative, The Rape in India Project.
Magic Party Place, published by Kehrer Verlag and designed by Teun van der Heijden.
A Matter of Perspective in Digital Investigative Journalism, ed. Oliver Hahn and Florian Stalph published by Palgrave MacMillan.
Shortlisted: Rencontres d'Arles, Author Book Award 2017
Shortlisted: Photo Espana Book of the Year 2017
Longlisted: Photo London, Krazna-Kraus Book Award, 2017
Shortlisted: Aperture Paris Photo First Book Award 2016 - 'Magic Party Place.'
Canon/BJP Open Shutter Award: Winner for the film 'Mother & Daughter.'
Nikon/BJP Project Assistance Award Finalist 2010
Magenta Foundation Emerging Photographers 2010: Selected Winner
The Press Photographers Year 2009, Selected Entry
Magenta Foundation Emerging Photographers 2008: Highly Commended.
Observer Hodge Award 2006: Highly Commended.
Ian Parry Award 2006: Commended.
Magenta Foundation Emerging Photographers 2006 Competition: Highly Commended.
Observer Hodge Award 2005: Highly Commended.
April 2019: MAGIC PARTY PLACE = NEW TOWN UTOPIA, Rich Mix, London
October 2017: Magic Party Place / New Town Utopia, Sharjah Biennial, Beirut Arts Centre
Sept 2017: Magic Party Place, Aperture-Paris Photo First Book Shortlist exhibition, Landskrona Foto Festival, Landskrona, Sweden
August 2017: Magic Party Place, Aperture-Paris Photo First Book Shortlist exhibition, College of Art and Design, Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
June 2017: Magic Party Place, Aperture-Paris Photo First Book Shortlist exhibition, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Le Locle, Switzerland
May 2017: Magic Party Place, Aperture-Paris Photo First Book Shortlist exhibition, Palm Springs Photo Festival, California
May 2017: Aperture-Paris Photo First Book Shortlist exhibition, The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, Moscow, Russia
March 2017: Magic Party Place (dreaming of a New Town Utopia), FORMAT Festival, UK
Feb 2017: Aperture-Paris Photo First Book Shortlist exhibition, Duesseldorf Photo Weekend, Germany
Nov 2016: Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards Shortlist Exhibition, France
Nov 2016: Magic Party Place, part of the Aperture-Paris Photo Shortlist exhibition, Ivorypress, Madrid, November 29, 2016 – January 19, 2017
November April 2010: ‘Playgrounds’ Belfast Exposed Gallery
Nov 2009: Open Competition, The Otter Gallery.
Jan 2009: Medcalf Gallery, London: Uncertain Streets
Sept 2007: New London Architecture Gallery: Away from Home - New Hotels in London
April 2007: Architecture Foundation, The Yard Gallery, London, Next Generation Architects
Jan 2007: Magic Party Place - DMG Gallery
Dec 2006: Magic Party Place - Towngate Theatre
Nov 2006: Guardian Newsroom, London, Observer Hodge Award Exhibition - Magic Party Place
Aug 2006: Getty Gallery, London, Ian Parry Award Exhibition - Magic Party Place
Nov 2005: Guardian Newsroom, London, Observer Hodge Award Exhibition - Lebanon 2005
Sept 2005: Romanian HIV Orphans Exhibition, City Screen York
Welcome to Basildon: the middle of Middle England – in pictures / The Guardian
A Decade of Photos from Basildon, the ‘Most Average Place’ in England / VICE
Eight Emerging Photographers You Need to Know About / Another Mag
Capturing the essence of growing up in working-class Britain / Dazed & Confused
Magic Party Place:The Seeds of Brexit Discontent / Lens Culture
Life on the margins / HUCK
Keep Moving: Photographers Embrace Film Making, British Journal of Photography, May 2011
Google, RSPCA, HUCK, Dazed & Confused, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, The New York Times, Save the Children, PEPSICO, HP, Christian Aid, BWA, Vanity Fair, Standard Chartered Bank, Sightsavers International, Upworthy, The Lansdowne Club, The Sloane Club, Ralph Lauren, The Architecture Foundation, New London Architecture, University of the Arts London.