It’s been a great year for former PG Dip Photojournalism student Ed Clark, whose latest achievement is the Hood Medal awarded by the Royal Photographic Society. He has also picked up numerous awards for his latest book, Guantanamo: If the light goes out.
The award-winning book comprises 70 colour photographs, 63 letters, an essay by Dr Julian Stallabrass of The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, and texts by Omar Deghayes and Ed Clark.
The images in Ed’s book are from three places associated with the prison camps at Guantanamo Bay. These images illustrate three experiences of home: the naval base at Guantanamo which is home to the American community and of which the prison camps are just a part; the complex of camps where the detainees have been held; and the homes, new and old, where the former detainees now find themselves trying to rebuild their lives.
Here’s a very impressive list of his achievements since publishing his book:
* The 2011 Hood Award – given out for meritorious performance in photography, with particular emphasis on any exhibit which revealed the most outstanding advance in photography for public service
* 2011 Photography Book of the Year and finalists for the ‘International Photographer of the Year’ announced at the annual Lucie Awards on 24 October.
* Best Photographic Book at the New York Photo Awards 2011
* Best Personal Work at the PDN Photo Annual 2011
* International Photobook Award 2011, 4th International Photobook Festival, Kassell
With a reputation for combining strong ideas with an ability to work in sensitive situations, Ed’s work has been noticed worldwide being featured in The Guardian and exhibited in London’s National Portrait Gallery and Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts.
See more of Ed’s work via his website: www.edmundclark.com