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Garry Clarkson graduated from the University of Westminster with a degree in Film and Photographic Arts in 1994 (specialising in documentary film directing and editing) 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 established and taught on the Communication Design course at Huddersfield for 12 years, before establishing the BA in Photography. In addition, he has acted as a visiting lecturer at 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 Guardiannewspaper 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 Expertise and Interests

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

Research Expertise and Interests

Garry is interested in the definitions of Documentary in all its forms: film, video and photography as well as written and oral histories. His study of the codes and conventions of realist modes of photography since 1988 is supplemented by a current interest in disrupting this previous journalistic way of working through the incorporation of more self-conscious artistic strategies influenced by the Dada ‘anti-art’ movement formed during the First World War as a negative reaction to the horrors and folly of conflict. His current research revolves around disruptive strategies for the depiction of trauma through ‘post-memory’ reverberations of war and conflict.

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Research Output 2014 2019

  • 11 Digital or Visual Products
  • 1 Featured article
  • 1 Exhibition

Fieldworks: Dialogues in Psychogeography (06 - 28 Sep 2019): Return to Wigan Pier.

Lycett, R., Meddings, C., Clarkson, G., Brown, T., Welburn, S., Conroy, A. & Hales, D., 9 Sep 2019

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

Open Access
Field Work
Tim Brown

Kenan Malik: Pandaemonium: back to bradford for an old debate

Clarkson, G. & Malik, K., 1 May 2018

Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products

The Satanic Verses
Salman Rushdie

Après Manchester, arrêtons d’accuser les modèles d’intégration: Les responsables du culte musulman de Manchester présentent leurs condoléances aux familles, mercredi. Photo Garry Clarkson pour Libération

Translated title of the contribution: After Manchester bombing, call to stop blaming immigration. : The leaders of the Muslim community in Manchester offer their condolences to families. Photo Garry Clarkson for LibérationClarkson, G. & Estèves, O., 30 May 2017

Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products

Emigration and Immigration
United Kingdom

Dans le nord-est de l'Angleterre, un bastion travailliste prêt à chavirer: Sur Whitby Street, à Hartlepool. Les fenêtres sont murées pour contrecarrer la «taxe fenêtre» anglaise, qui est calculée en fonction du nombre de fenêtres du lieu.

Translated title of the contribution: In the north-east of England, a Labour party stronghold ready to capsize.: On Whitby Street, Hartlepool. The windows are walled to counteract the English "window tax", a reference to the 18th and 19th centuries. which is calculated based on the number of windows in the place.Clarkson, G. & Massiot, A., 8 Jul 2017

Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products

Ken Loach

Story Behind the Picture: Satanic Verses 1989: Photo and interview with Christine Buckley

Clarkson, G., 20 Jun 2017, The Journalist, June 2017, p. 24 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationFeatured article


Activities 2018 2018

  • 2 Oral presentation

Event. Aftermath. Archive. The Unresolvable Past: Post-Conflict Trauma and Representation

Garry Clarkson (Speaker)
25 May 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Event. Aftermath. Archive.

Garry Clarkson (Speaker)
24 May 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Press / Media

Story Behind the Picture: Satanic Verses 1989

Garry Clarkson


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Other

Komische Landesverräter

Garry Clarkson


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Other