Robert Clark is a freelance photographer based in New York City and works with the world’s leading magazines and major publishing houses, as well as on cutting edge advertising campaigns.
His work has won numerous international awards, graced the pages and covers of magazines such as Time, Sports Illustrated, Vanity Fair, Stern, French Geo, US News and World Report. Discover, and has appeared on more than 40 book covers.
During his fifteen-year association with National Geographic Magazine, Clark has photographed over 30 stories, including more than a dozen covers. In March 2003, he photographed the magazine’s first digital cover on dinosaur behavior, exploring how they might have lived. The article, “Was Darwin Wrong?” which Clark photographed for National Geographic, earned the National Magazine award for best essay in 2005.
Known for his innovation, Clark was commissioned by Sony Ericsson to travel the country for 50 days with only a cell phone camera to document the beauty and diversity of America. This unique ad campaign, which was Clark’s brainchild, generated tremendous amounts of earned media in major newspapers and TV news programs across the country. His book, Image America, developed into a gallery exhibit in New York City and was the first ever published photography book using a cell phone camera. Clark’s trip was hosted on American Photo magazine’s website, which closely documented his day-to-day travels.
Early in his career, Clark left his job with The Philadelphia Inquirer to document the lives of high school football players in Odessa, Texas with author Buzz Bissinger, for the book “Friday Night Lights”. The book was a best seller and eventually became a major motion picture and a television series on NBC.
In 2003, Anne Wilkes Tucker of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston brought Clark back to Texas to capture the first year of the new NFL team, the Houston Texans. Clark’s documentary and portraiture project resulted in one of the museum’s most popular exhibits in recent years. The publication of a collectable 220-page black and white photo book, “First Down Houston: Birth of an NFL Franchise”, sold more than 5,000 copies. Clark was also the principal photographer for First Lady Hillary Clinton’s book, “An Invitation to the White House”.
Clark witnessed the attack on the World Trade Center from his rooftop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. His photos captured the second plane hitting the tower and his four picture series was published in magazines around the world. His coverage on September 11th was recognized with a first place award at the World Press Awards in Amsterdam.
Currently involved with a variety of projects, Clark continues his association with National Geographic as well as a book documenting the birth of science and evolution. He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife Lai Ling and their daughter Lola.