Henry Clarke was born in Los Angeles, California in 1918. He was an American fashion photographer who discovered a passion for this art when he worked as an accessorizing assistant at Vogue studio in New York City. Then he was in contact with already famous photographers like Horst, Cecil Beaton, Irving Penn.
In 1949, he decided to become a freelance photographer, and moved to Paris to have his own career in the biggest fashion capital. In 1951 he signed an exclusivity contract with Condé-Nast editions. He then had been working for French, English and American editions of VOGUE for more than 20 years.
Clarke’s photographies show how much he loved elegance and sophistication of women he shot. Some of the most beautiful girls of the planet as Bettina, Gigi, Madeleine de Rauch and Anne Saint Marie posed for him and he never stopped glorify the women and express their natural beauty.
He took photos in black and white with an uncluttered and white backgrounds where women shapes were revealed with subtlety.
His work represents the French fashion of the 50s-60s but also shows modernity.
Clarke also took pictures of celebrities and famous women like Coco Chanel, Sophia Loren, Anna Magnani or Maria Callas.
His talent has convinced the most famous fashion designers such as Balenciaga, Dior, Lanvin, Chanel and Cardin.
After Vogue’s years, he had worked for different fashion magazines before stopping his career in 1991.