Carl Clark


It has been nearly 25 years since Carl began his career in photography. As a graduate of Northern Michigan University with dual degrees in Culinary Arts and Photography, his career path became very evident. Straight out of college he began working as an assistant for several photographers, most notably with Jerry Uselmann as a dark room technician and Mickey McGuire and Jim Northmore at Boulevard Photographic were he honed his skills in special effects photography in camera, complimenting his darkroom knowledge gained from working with Uselmann.

In 1989, he opened his studio in Detroit and began working with all the major advertising agencies providing imagery of food, beverage and product, winning several Gold, Silver and Bronze Addy Awards for his work. Though he was busy with his commercial work, the need to continue creating images of his personal work did not stop. After submitting work to several smaller shows, Lamberton Gallery in Windsor Ontario, Canada offered to act as a representative of his work. Soon after, his work was being exhibited through out Michigan and all of Canada. Many of these being Solo Exhibitions. in 1991, 92, 93, 95 and 1996 he was awarded first place and Best of Show in the Michigan Photography Exhibition. In the years of 2003-2006 Carl’s work was part of a group exhibition that had traveled across Europe and Asia with shows in London, Brussels, Dubai and Alexandria Egypt. Follow a downturn in the economy in Detroit, he moved his studio to Chicago, where he soon had showings at the River East Art Gallery in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

His approach to his imagery

Philosophy, science and art differ principally according to their subject-matter and also the means by which they reflect, transform and express it. In a certain sense, art, like philosophy, reflects reality in its relation to man, and depicts man, his spiritual world, and the relations between individuals in their interaction with the world. Some people believe that the specific feature of art is that the artist expresses his own intellectual world, his own intrinsic individuality. But this is not quite true. In any active creativity, any act that reflects and transforms life, a person also expresses himself. And the higher the level of creativity, in this case artistic, the higher the level of generalisation, and hence the universal, despite all the individuality of the form. Man’s individuality is not a barrier to the universality of the will, but is part of it. A just or moral, in other words, a fine action, although performed by one individual, is nevertheless approved by all. Everyone recognises himself or his own will in this act. Here there occurs the same thing as in a work of art. Even those who did not create the work find their own essence expressed within it. Such a work is therefore truly universal. The more the individual creator dissolves in it, the more the viewer sees their own influences within.

-Carl Clark

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