Edmund Clark is an artist interested in linking history, politics and representation. His research based work combines a range of references and forms including bookmaking, installations, photography, video, documents, text and found images and material. Recurring themes are visualising state power and experiences, spaces and processes of control in contemporary conflict and other contexts. Clark spent five years as artist-in-residence in HM Prison Grendon, Europe’s only wholly therapeutic prison for violent and sexually violent offenders. He is Reader in the Political Image at the University of the Arts London.

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  • White Cliffs, Blue Channel, Yellowhammer (Here Press 2019)
  • My Shadow's Reflection (Ikon/Here Press 2018)
  • In Place of Hate (Here Press 2017)
  • Negative Publicity: Artefacts of Extraordinary Rendition (Aperture/Magnum Foundation 2016, 2017)
  • Control Order House (Here Press 2013, 2016)
  • The Mountains of Majeed (Here Press 2014)
  • Guantanamo: If the Light Goes Out (Dewi Lewis Publishing 2010)
  • Still Life Killing Time (Dewi Lewis Publishing 2007)

Other Books

  • Collaboration: A Potential History of Photography (Thames & Hudson 2023)
  • Another Country: British Documentary Photography Since 1945 (Thames & Hudson 2022)
  • Images in Conflict (Jonas Verlag 2018)
  • Can Art Aid in Resolving Conflicts?: 100 Perspectives (Frame 2018)
  • Photographers and Research: The Role of Research in Contemporary Photographic Practice (Routledge 2017)
  • European Photography: Time Maps. Memory, Archives, Future (Fotografia Europea/Silvana Editoriale 2017)
  • [7P] [7] Places [7] Precarious Fields (Fotofestival Mannheim-Ludwigshafen-Heidelberg/Kehrer Verlag 2015)
  • Under Surveillance (Revolver Publishing 2015)
  • Power (te Neus 2012)
  • Confined: The Captive and Keeper in Contemporary Life (The Bluecoat 2011)
  • Bringing the War Home (Impressions Gallery 2010)

Talks & Symposia

  • Art and Revolution
    European Consortium for Political Research, Bordeaux, France
  • Art and Terrorism
    Courtauld Institute, London, UK
  • Art, Justice and Terror
    Imperial War Museum, London, UK
  • Border Control
    Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford, UK
  • Captivity in Twentieth Century Warfare: Archives, History, Memory
    Ecole Militaire, Paris, France
  • Face Off – Pakistan, Issues of Terror and Intolerance
    Department of Culture, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Peshawar, Pakistan
  • Guantanamo: If the Light Goes Out
    Houses of Parliament, London, UK
  • Imperial Cultures of the United States
    University of Warwick, Coventry, UK
  • In Place of Hate Symposium
    Ikon, Birmingham, UK
  • Photography and Anthropology
    British Museum, London, UK
  • Provocations in Art: Art Under State Control
    Royal Academy, London, UK
  • Remembering Guantanamo
    Columbia University, New York, USA
  • The Political Life of Things
    Imperial War Museum, London, UK
  • Very Now
    London College of Communication, UAL, London, UK

Solo & Group Exhibitions

  • Aperture Foundation, New York
  • Association of Photographers Gallery, London
  • Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney
  • Berlinische Galerie, Berlin
  • Brighton Photo Biennial, Brighton
  • Centre de la photographie, Geneva
  • East Wing Gallery, Dubai
  • Festiwal Ars Cameralis, Katowice
  • Flowers Gallery, London & New York
  • Format Fesival, Derby
  • Fotofestival Mannheim-Ludwigshafen-Heidelberg, Mannheim
  • Fotografia Europea, Reggio Emilia
  • Fotomuseum, Winterthur
  • Founders Gallery, The Military Museums, Calgary
  • Gage Gallery, Chicago
  • GAF – Galerie für Fotografie, Hanover
  • Galerie Vanessa Quang, Paris
  • Gallery of Photography, Dublin
  • Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg
  • House of Photography, Budapest
  • Huis Marseille Museum, Amsterdam
  • Houston Center for Photography, Texas
  • Imperial War Museum North, Manchester
  • Imperial War Museum, London
  • Impressions Gallery, Bradford
  • International Center of Photography, New York
  • Ikon, Birmingham
  • Momus, Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, ThessalonikI
  • Museum auf Abruf, Vienna
  • Museum of Modern Art, Istanbul
  • Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego
  • Noorderlicht Photofestival, Groningen
  • Parrotta Contemporary Art, Stuttgart
  • Photofusion, London
  • Pingyao Photography Festival, China
  • Platform for Art, London
  • Podbielski Contemporary, Berlin
  • Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton
  • Saatchi Gallery, London
  • Stadtmuseum, Munich
  • Zephyr, Reiss Engelhorn Museum, Mannheim

Awards & Nominations

  • Arles Photo-Text Book Award 2016, Winner
  • Association of Italian Photo Editors 2012, Book of the Year
  • The British Journal of Photography International Photography Prize 2009, Winner
  • International Center of Photography 2017 Infinity Award: Documentary and Photojournalism, Winner
  • International Photobook Festival 2011 & 2013, Best Book of The Year Selection
  • International Photography Awards/Lucies 2010, Editorial Photographer of the Year
  • International Photography Awards/Lucies 2011, Best Book Award
  • International Photography Awards/Lucies 2011 & 2012, International Photographer of the Year Shortlist
  • Magnum Foundation, Grant 2014
  • New York Photo Awards 2011, Best Book Award
  • One Show Advertising Awards, New York, 2003, Gold Pencil
  • Prix Pictet 2012, Shortlist for theme of Power
  • The Roddick Foundation, Grant 2015
  • Royal Photographic Society, Honorary Fellowship 2018
  • Royal Photographic Society 2011, Hood Medal
  • W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund 2017, Fellowship
  • W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund Grant 2013, Finalist
  • ZEIT Magazin Fotopreis 2012, Winner


  • Fotomuseum, Winterthur, Switzerland
  • George Eastman House Museum, Rochester, NY, USA
  • Grinnell College, Iowa, USA
  • Imperial War Museums, London, UK
  • International Center of Photography, New York, NY, USA
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, USA
  • National Media Museum, Bradford, UK
  • National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK