A new exhibition looking back over the career of one of the UK’s most iconic fetish photographers – the late and much lamented Bob Carlos Clarke – will feature pictures he created using Libidex latex garments.
Living dolls – which runs from10 May to 21 June 2014 at the Little Black Gallery in Chelsea, London, will celebrate the tenth anniversary since the photographer’s acclaimed final exhibition in 2004, Love-Dolls-Never-Die before his untimely death in 2006.
This new show will bring together a wide range of his work, including Oscar-winner British actress Rachel Weisz (one of Bob’s closet friends before she was even famous) posing in a Libidex Matrix Black catsuit, and many other models in latex creations.
For those of you new to Bob Carlos Clark dark and groundbreanking work, he was born in Ireland in 1950.
He came to England in swinging 60s to study at the Sussex college of Art where he fell in love with photography.
After studying at the London College of printing he then completed his degree at the Royal College of Art in 1975.
Although the more conservative were easily shocked by his controversial work, his images have been embraced by the art world and he even proved himself to be commercially successful, working on many advertising campaigns as well as producing six books.
Most importantly to note is perhaps his posthumous achievements as his body of work is now vastly collectable and his images were purchased by National Portrait Gallery, National Media Museum and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum.
Libidex’s Simon Rose was a good friend of Bob, and was working with him on a new photoshoot featuring Libidex creations at the time of his tragic death. “Bob said to me that there wasn’t enough real sexuality in latex fashion photography, so we set about trying to put that right. Sadly Bob didn’t live to complete the shoot, but many of his ideas for it were quite developed, so I completed it posthumously for him as a tribute in collaboration with the photographer Emma Delves-Broughton. You could say it was Bob’s ‘unfinished’ shoot!
“I am very much looking forward to seeing the exhibition, which from the previews looks to be a very fine examination of Bob’s fantastic work.”
Photography by Bob Carlos Clarke, [email protected] Carlos and Emma Delves-Broughton
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