John Clare first picked up a camera, an Instamatic, on a school trip to Paris aged 15. At age 19 with his wages from his job as a trainee newspaper reporter he bought his first film camera, a Praktica, and set up a darkroom in his London apartment.
Now, more than 40 years later he travels widely with his Leica. He loves Leica, but always has in mind Henri Cartier-Bresson’s advice, ‘It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head.’
John’s photography embraces a wide range of genres, including landscape, architecture, street and portraiture.
'Photography, like any art form, demands the combination of creativity and technical competence. That is the challenge’ he says.
Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society
Shortlisted, British Life Photography Awards, 2018
Winner, The Big Picture competition, Daily Telegraph, September 2018
Exhibited at Royal Photographic Society Travel print exhibition, 2017
Winner, Port of London Authority Prize, Thames Lens Competition, 2016
Articles and photographs published in various magazine including RPS Travel Log
John lives in London