An island in the Ocean

Off the Cornish coast lies a little archipelago separate from normal life.

Salty air, fresh breezes, heathers and ferns. Boat trips and barbecues, sunshine and stars. Here’s my photo diary from a week on one of them – Tresco.

An island in the Ocean — Charlie Clift

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 - American Photography 38 – Winner - Charlie Clift

American Photography 38 – Winner

I’m honoured to have my portrait of Michaela Coel for BAFTA was chosen for this year’s American Photography 38 book. I travelled to New York to see the launch of the book and to meet many of the other fascinating photographers featured. This portrait was photographed for BAFTA at their 2021 TV Awards this was a dream commission from the brilliant Claire Rees and Jordan Anderson – an evening bursting with talent. Click here to see the full set from the shoot: LINK    

 - Lend An Ear – Mental Health Campaign - Charlie Clift

Lend An Ear – Mental Health Campaign

When I was suffering with depression knowing someone would listen to me and hear me made all the difference. That’s why I was eager to be part of a new mental health campaign called ‘Lend An Ear’ with The Photography Movement and Harlequins Rugby. And that’s why you might have seen giant pictures of ears have been appearing on billboards across London. They feature some of the best rugby players in the country including England and Harlequins legends Danny Care, Marcus Smith, Joe Marler and Rachael Burford. Inspired by Joe Marler’s wonderfully gnarled ears Scott Shillum approached me with an idea a little while back: “what if we create beautiful artistic images of rugby players ears?” How could I say no to that? A few months later we find ourselves setting up at the Harlequins training ground eager to capture the folds, creases and uniqueness of some of the worlds...

 - Bafta Exhibition – Portraits from the 2021 TV Awards - Charlie Clift

Bafta Exhibition – Portraits from the 2021 TV Awards

A new exhibition of my portraits from the 2021 Bafta TV Awards is on show in the Bafta HQ. I love this set of images – it was such an honour getting to meet and photograph these incredible award winners. So much talent in just one evening! Big thanks to Claire Rees and Jordan Anderson for selecting my portraits to be on show on the hallowed walls of Bafta. Below are the photos, and a little BTS video from the shoot.

Last of the Summer Sun - Last of the Summer Sun - Charlie Clift

Last of the Summer Sun

Catch the last of the summer rays in the Cambridge countryside. Massive thanks to the incredible team who made this happen: Pia Aung – styling Quee and Kelly Murphy at MOT Models – models Sam Cooper – hair and make up Victoria Moyosola – photo assistant The Red Lion, Grantchester – location

 - Studio Manager – Recruiting Now - Charlie Clift

Studio Manager – Recruiting Now

  UPDATE: Applications are now closed Are you a well organised problem solver? An inbox-zero type with an impeccable eye for detail? A budding communicator with an interest in the creative industries? Then come and work with me. I am looking for a studio manager to manage production of personal and editorial work, keep on top of emails, make the most of social media, and work with me to drive the business forward.  What will you be doing? Office management. From diary management to keeping on top of my contact database, and of course managing the inbox – you will be running the office side of the business. Production. Producing and organising photoshoots for editorial and personal projects. Organising exhibitions and liaising with relevant partners. Business development. You will join me in researching current and new clients. You will be helping to write pitches and create treatments to win new...

 - Laura Kuenssberg – The Sunday Times Magazine - Charlie Clift

Laura Kuenssberg – The Sunday Times Magazine

So fascinating to meet this journalistic powerhouse. For 7 years Laura Kuenssberg had been at the helm of the BBC’s political broadcasting – through Brexit, Covid, and three Prime Ministers, informing the nation from morning to evening almost every day. Wow, the stories she told me on our shoot – she’s seen and heard everything and been at the heart of it all. Awesome to see in her new role at ‘Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg’ already doing amazing things. Massive thanks to Russ O’Connell for the fabulous commission, and to the brilliant team who made it happen: Styling – Annie Swain Hair and make up – Emma Leon Cover design – Dan Biddulph Photo assistants – Oliver Mayhall and Ethan Humphries Studio – Holborn Studios  

 - An island in the Ocean - Charlie Clift

An island in the Ocean

Off the Cornish coast lies a little archipelago separate from normal life. Salty air, fresh breezes, heathers and ferns. Boat trips and barbecues, sunshine and stars. Here’s my photo diary from a week on one of them – Tresco.

 - Caroline Criado Perez – Visible Women Podcast - Charlie Clift

Caroline Criado Perez – Visible Women Podcast

Caroline Criado Perez has spent years investigating the gender data gap and how women are simply forgotten in a world designed for men. She’s just started a brilliant new podcast for Tortoise looking into this and trying to find ways to solve this giant problem. There are many shocking facts I’ve discovered in it. For example did you know that women are 17% more likely to die in car crashes than men, because we only use male crash test dummies? And women are way less likely to be diagnosed with a heart attack than men, because diagnosis is built on male examples. Oh, and female healthcare workers have to wear PPE that simply doesn’t fit them, so it just doesn’t work properly. Even kids playgrounds are routinely built in a way that disadvantages girls. It’s shocking to hear how we are constantly not including women when designing our world –...

 - Hannah Fry - Charlie Clift

Hannah Fry

I recently photographed Hannah Fry, the brilliant mathematician, presenter and wonderful human. Photographed in collaboration with her and her brilliant team we worked together to create a variety of image styles to feature across many different articles and platforms. Not only is Hannah an amazing mathematical mind – but she is also a brilliant TV maker. She has recently released a moving and insightful documentary about her experience with cervical cancer, something I recommend everyone to watch. The documentary explores the issues surrounding how we screen for and treat cancer, asking if we might be overmedicalising it, as well as following Hannah through her own treatments. See it here: LINK Massive thanks to the amazing team who worked on this shoot: Styling: Karen Smyth Make up: Karen Wagner Photo assistant: Oliver Mayhall Location: Studio Jones Retouching: Melissa Morgan Publicity: Maddy and Miranda at Mirador Management

Angela Gui - Die Zeit - Angela Gui – Die Zeit - Charlie Clift

Angela Gui – Die Zeit

Angela never meant to be a campaigner or a human rights activist, she wanted to be an academic. But Angela last saw her father in 2014 and is doing what she can to see him again. Seven years ago, Chinese agents abducted Gui Minhai, her father. He’s a Chinese-born Swedish citizen, a poet and publisher – and an author of many books related to Chinese political figures. When you ask Angela if her father is alive, she looks at you wordlessly for a long time, then says: “I think so, but I don’t know.” This was a challenging and moving brief – to capture the uncertainty of Angela’s situation in a photograph. Thankfully Angela wanted to take part in my creative efforts, so we experimented together, trying different approaches. Big thanks to Angela for being so open, to Ludwig Ander-Donath for the commission, to Oliver Mayhall for his great assisting,...