Portrait of  Garry Clarkson Garry Clarkson

g.clarkson@hud.ac.uk | 01484 471814


Garry Clarkson graduated from the University of Westminster with a degree in Film and Photographic Arts in 1994 and an MA in Documentary Photography from University of Wales, Newport in 2005; after which he joined the international photo agency Eyevine in London. Prior to his current position as Senior Lecturer in Photography, he taught on the Communication Design course at Huddersfield for 12 years, as well as Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds College of Art and University of Westminster, London. Garry began working primarily as a photojournalist in 1985, after winning a charity competition promoted by The Child Poverty Action Group; but, following an interview in The British Journal of Photography in 2001, has since concentrated on work in opposition to the hard news agenda. In 2008 Garry was selected as one of 70 participants of 900 photographers from 42 countries to take part in the Descubrimientos (Discoveries) platform for the promotion and dissemination of works by ‘emerging international photographers’. This forum, at the Community of Madrid’s Council of Culture, was part of Photo España photography festival and Garry was one of the 5 eventual finalists interviewed in a special supplement in the Spanish newspaper El País. Garry began his long association with ‘oral history’ and social documentary whilst a photographer and archive supervisor at The Bradford Heritage Recording Unit (1986-1988) and subsequently as picture editor for the ‘chartist’ Northern Star newspaper in Leeds (1989-1991). His coverage of the book burning in his home city of Bradford UK, following the publication of Salman Rushdie’s controversial novel The Satanic Verses, was published firstly in the Independent newspaper before being recognized in ‘1989 Pictures of the Year’ in The Guardian newspaper and as the front cover photograph for Simon Lee’s The Cost of Free Speech (Pentagram Design/faber & faber 1990). In addition to being featured in a TV documentary for Channel 4 Television.

Research and Scholarship

Research Statement

Garry Clarkson’s practice-based research focuses on interrelations between documentary, social history/ethnography and culture. In particular notions of memory, vernacular, power relations of race, religion, class, gender and the representations of the socio-economic infrastructure. As a photographer, editor, broadcaster and lecturer, his research goes far beyond academic audiences to reach a general public through his challenging of the traditions of photojournalism, published in editorial photography magazines and/or exhibited in contemporary art galleries. His published work and gallery exhibitions in the UK and Europe have led to enhanced public awareness and engagement with issues concerning social equality and the destruction of traditional communities. A significant aspect to such impact has been its influence on print media: including interviews with him, by leading critics and curators. Several prestigious publications have devoted significant attention to the issues represented by Garry’s work; notably, Libération (France), La Repubblica delle Donne (Italy), El País (Spain), Time Magazine and Saturday Times Magazine (UK).

Research areas

  • Documentary, Photojournalism and the News Agenda
  • Social History and Photography
  • Ethnography
  • Cultural Industries
  • Image Licensing, Intellectual Property and Copyright.

Esteem factors

  • Member of Association for Photography in Higher Education (APHE)
  • Member National Union of Journalists, for 25 years.
  • International Federation of Journalist (Brussels).
  • EPUK (Editorial Photographers UK steering group).

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Clarkson, G. and Buckley, C.(2017) Photography: 'Story Behind the Picture' Interview and Photograph: Journalist Magazine June 2017 [Image]

Clarkson, G. and Olivier, E.(2017) Après Manchester, arrêtons d’accuser les modèles d’intégration photo © Garry Clarkson with article by Olivier Estèves, Professeur à l’université de Lille. 30 May 2017. [Image]


Clarkson, G (2016) Le début du tunnel. 27 juin 2016 – Liberation [Image]

Clarkson, G. and Gendron, G.(2016) REPORTAGE Editorial Photo spread: Brexit : et au milieu coule l’Angleterre in Libération (France) Photographs © Garry Clarkson with journalist Guillaume Gendron, Envoyé spécial à Leeds et à Follifoot — 17 May 2016 [Image]


Clarkson, G., Savage, M. and Elliott, F.(2015) Leftwingers ready to seize Labour jobs on economy. Times newspaper article featuring photographs of Jeremy Corbyn's rally in Leeds in 2015. Photographs © Garry Clarkson Michael Savage, Chief Political Correspondent and Francis Elliott, Political Editor [Image]


Clarkson, G (2010) 'Photo Nite' Photo Month Kraków . [Show/Exhibition]


Abrate, E., Ais Larizgoitia, J., del Amo, Y., Serrano, L., Aubert, V., Baek, M., Rayenes, Y., Barrish, C., Barthes, R., Basurto Casado, R., Bern�ldez, C., Bibel, N., Bruah, J., Burton, M., Ca�abate, P., Capurso, M., Castro, Q., Clarkson, G., Cohen, J., Cuevas, J., Chrisikakis, N., Chung, H., Dubuisson, E. and P�rez, A. (2008) Descubrimientos PHE 08. . Madrid, Spain: Photo España / La Fabrica Editorial / Brizzoles.


O'Connor, M. and Clarkson, G.(2007) Fathers 4 Justice [Hardcover] Matt O'Connor (Author) [Image]


Franceschini, E. and Clarkson, G.(2004) La carica dei papà supereroi (The Charge of the superhero dad) by Enrico Franceschini [Image]


In 2012 Garry was shortlisted for the prestigious Bradford Fellowship in association with the National Media Museum and was included in the 100 years of Photography Exhibition at Newport.

He is Co-Director at MAK CIC which specialises in broadcast documentary film production and corporate and community video in collaboration with the South Asian Community in Bradford, United Kingdom. Through this work he has been involved with several business and statutory bodies working on publicity and corporate promotion work; notably, National Health Service 'Choose Well: 111 campaign' and West Yorkshire Police 'consequences' drug awareness campaigns.

Research Degree Supervision

  • Documentary, Photojournalism and the News Agenda
  • Vernacular Photography
  • Visual Anthropology and Ethnology
  • Social History through visual research
  • Historical and contemporary photographic practices in the UK
  • Collecting and ‘The Archive’

Teaching and Professional Activities

Senior Lecturer in Photography/Admissions Tutor Photography BA(Hons).