Ed Clark: On Assignment




ISBN: 9783958295063 Category:

Ed Clark


Drawn from Ed Clark’s extensive personal archive of photographs, negatives, contact sheets and scrapbooks, these three volumes reveal the work of a key fi gure from the golden age of American photojour- nalism. From the pageantry of politics to the rhythms of small-town life, from movie stars to the working class, Clark covered the defi ning personalities and events of his age.

Ed Clark is one of the twentieth century’s most fascinating and important “unknown” photographers. A gifted photojournalist, Clark began his career in 1929 with The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville, and went on to work for 22 years for Life magazine. He photographed many of Life ‘s most important assignments during the period of the magazine’s greatest cultural impact; Clark’s images helped shape a nation’s sense of itself and the world. His vast range of subjects includes the Nuremberg war crimes trials, the confl ict over civil rights in the late 1940s and early ’50s, Hollywood stars and the movie industry of the ’50s, the people and arts of the Soviet Union, and the White House during the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations. Through Clark’s eyes, we witness some of the central episodes and themes of the post-war world.

The days were never long enough for me while on assignment. I still love holding a camera, looking through the lens to see what I can see. Ed Clark

Co-published with the Meserve-Kunhardt Foundation

Price is introductory until 1st September

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Weight 4552 g
Dimensions 26.6 x 32.2 cm
Publisher name Steidl
Publication date 1 October 2020
Number of pages
Format Hardback
Dimensions 26.6 x 32.2 cm
Weight 4552 g


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Born in 1911 in Nashville, Tennessee, was a quintessential and prolific American photojournalist. Clark began assisting staff photographers at the daily Nashville Tennessean in 1929, and worked for the paper until 1942. He was hired as a stringer for Life in 1936, the publication's inaugural year, and began his long tenure as a full-time Life staff photographer in 1942. In his work for Life over the next 20 years, Clark held posts in Nashville, Paris, Moscow, London, Hollywood and Washington, D.C. He received a wide range of assignments, from political figures and events, to Hollywood's celebrities, to charming human interest stories. Working in both the United States and Europe, Clark covered some of the most important subjects of his time, including the post-war rebuilding of Germany and France and the desegregation of schools in Arkansas. In 1962 he was forced to leave Life due to failing eyesight, yet in 1980 advances in ocular surgery restored Clark's vision and he returned to making photographs in later years. He died in 2000 at the age of 88. Today Clark's archive is held by the Meserve-Kunhardt Foundation in Pleasantville, New York.