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June 20, 2007

Brent Clark

Filed under: Inspiration,Photographers/Artists — chantal @ 10:21 am

On his blog, Alec Soth lists 23 photographers he met with during a Magnum portfolio review in NY this past weekend. It’s an interesting list, I have yet to look at each link, but I’ve been through over half so far. Many would easily fit into the category of “contemporary photography”. Contemporary photography is interesting to me. I find myself both strongly attracted to it, yet annoyed by it at the same time. I enjoy the random feel of it, even the often times sterility of it. But what annoys me most is its commonness now. It seems every other up and coming fine art photographer shoots the same sort of static photograph. There’s a certain lack of emotion, which I suppose is purposeful, but it’s opposite of what I like to shoot.

One standout photographer on the list is Brent Clark. His work is so personal and honest, I can actually feel something while viewing.

Photo by Brent Clark

I love photographers who have the ability to force the viewer to stay longer, and look into the picture. Brent’s photographs are more than just pictures of what something looks like, they are illustrations of an experience, of a feeling, of something familiar, something you want to be part of. Brent Clark is the type of photographer I aspire to be.

Take a look through his beautifully arranged website. Each gallery is a unique journey unto itself.

Read the full list on Alec Soth’s blog here.



  1. […] Chantal Stone’s New Words, a thought provoking post on the work of Magnum photographers, and focusing on the work of photographer Brent Clark, of whom […]

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  2. Chantal, I liked Brent’s site. Sorry that I can’t say that I liked all 36, probably about 10% of them! The rest was not suitable to my taste. So much so that I had to write a post about it! 🙂 It will be posted tomorrow (Friday). Different strokes for different folks.

    Comment by paul — June 21, 2007 @ 5:46 pm | Reply

  3. […] was reading a post by Chantal Stone entitled Brent Clark. In her post she said: I find myself both strongly attracted to it, yet annoyed by it at the same […]

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  4. […] couple weeks ago I wrote about photographer Brent Clark, who was listed among many other photographers reviewed by Alec Soth during the Magnum Portfolio […]

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