Anna Soubry and her daughter Roma
The Sunday Times Magazine

I was asked to photograph Anna Soubry MP and her daughter Roma for The Sunday Times Magazine.

I met Anna not long after she had been shouted at and insulted by protesters on live TV, but that didn’t seem to affect her as she arrived in great spirits – laughing, dancing and messing about in front of my camera for the duration of the shoot. Somehow we also managed to have an in-depth discussion about Brexit and the future of Britain whilst all this was happening…

Massive thanks to Anna and Roma for sharing their Sunday lunchtime with me and to Russ for the commission.


Michael Bell - Navy Diver - Tribute Ink Exhibition- Tattoos in the Military - Charlie Clift

Tribute Ink Exhibition- Tattoos in the Military

Have you ever thought about the stories behind someone’s tattoos? Tribute Ink is a photography exhibition I created with the Royal British Legion to tell to the personal stories of tattoos in the military featuring both serving personnel and veterans from from the British Army, the Royal Navy, and the Royal Air Force. Curated in partnership with the National Memorial Arboretum and The Ministry of Defence, Tribute Ink opens to the public on Friday 13th of September on site at the Arboretum in Staffordshire. It wasn’t always easy hearing the stories behind the tattoos. Some have chosen to have the names of friends who died whilst serving inked into their skin, like Paul Glazebrook who has six large dog tags tattooed across his back, or Matt Tomlinson who has the ten names of those who died along side him during his time in Afghanistan and Iraq permanently in his skin....

 - Schwingen, the art of Swiss wrestling – EasyJet Traveller - Charlie Clift

Schwingen, the art of Swiss wrestling – EasyJet Traveller

“The trick is to use power, strength and strategy to pin an opponent to the ground”  Every August the hardest men in Switzerland wrestle to be crowned the king of schwingen, or Schwingerkönig. The prize should they win: glory, respect, and a bull (or if they prefer some cash). EasyJet Traveller sent writer Mike MacEacheran and I deep into the Bernese Alps to find out more about their wrestling tradition. There are no professionals in this sport, even the top champions work part time as mechanics, cheesemakers, farmers or butchers. But they are dedicated sportsmen, squatting 200kg in the gym, training daily, never tiring of having their faces squished into the sawdust whilst practicing techniques. It’s a brutal sport fought by men with beautiful manners – after each epic fight lasting 8 minutes with no breaks they stand up, brush the dust off their clothes and then shake hands with...

 - Cassandra Stavrou and her mum Dania – The Sunday Times Magazine - Charlie Clift

Cassandra Stavrou and her mum Dania – The Sunday Times Magazine

I was asked to photograph the founder of Propercorn Cassandra Stavrou and her mother Dania for The Sunday Times Magazine’s Relative Values. Your mind begins to conjure up exciting ideas – most of which require two tonnes of popcorn…But in the end I decided to create some classic portraits that show the genuine love between a mother and daughter who have been through a lot together. It was also important to capture the fun spirit of Cassandra and her mum. So I teamed up with stylist Frederica Lovell-Pank and we covered them head to toe in red to create some highly charged and colourful images. Thanks for the commission Emily McBean.  

 - Oaxaqueños – Moving portraits from Mexico - Charlie Clift

Oaxaqueños – Moving portraits from Mexico

“She will let you film her but only if you buy her an ice cream,” my local interpreter said as the toothless octogenarian herb vendor grinned at me and the team. This was refreshing, I had spent most of the morning trying to convince the sellers at the Zaachila market in the State of Oaxaca to capture their portraits with mixed results. A good few were convinced that my work would steal their souls and so they politely declined. The toothless abuela it turned out was wonderfully mercantile about her soul. A few moments later, equipped with a dulche de leche helado, she was showing off her remaining incisors and eyeing me with an even mix of suspicion and amusement.  Amusement possibly because I was the only person not there to buy my weekly supply of vegetables. Rather than with jute bags, I was armed with a camera and a...

 - Coca Cola and the Premier League - Charlie Clift

Coca Cola and the Premier League

It’s great to see my advert for Coca Cola celebrating their partnership with the Premier League all over the streets of London and beyond.

 - Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester – British GQ - Charlie Clift

Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester – British GQ

“Westminster is dysfunctional. I don’t miss it in the slightest. It’s just poisonous right now.” Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, photographed for British GQ. I’ve had the chance to photograph quite a few politicians and they often put on a face for the media. Andy was nothing like that. Mainly keen to find out about my assistant and I, he seemed eager to make us feel at home even thought we had just turned his office upside down to make our studio. A passionate lover of football I got the impression he doesn’t really enjoy his status and is more at home in the stands alongside everyone else. But with status comes power and he is eager to make a difference. When I brought up the topic of homelessness he was frank and forthright – he wants to end homelessness in Manchester and is doing everything he can...

 - Selected for the 200 Best Advertising Photographers in the World – Lurzer’s Archive - Charlie Clift

Selected for the 200 Best Advertising Photographers in the World – Lurzer’s Archive

Super excited to be selected for the Lurzer’s Archive 200 Best Advertising Photographers in the World! Particularly as they’ve chosen two photographs from the Let’s Talk mental health campaign.

 - Let’s Talk – Prix de la Photographie Paris - Charlie Clift

Let’s Talk – Prix de la Photographie Paris

Let’s Talk has been given a Silver Award in the PX3 – Prix de la Photographie competition. I created this campaign with lettering artist Kate Forrester to encourage people to talk more openly about mental health. It’s great to see it being noticed and displayed far and wide – the more people who see it the more we can break down the stigma that surrounds this issue. To see the whole series click here: LINK

 - John Bishop with his sons and father – British GQ - Charlie Clift

John Bishop with his sons and father – British GQ

Five Liverpudlians walk into a bar. It was not a joke, it was a photoshoot. But it was hilarious. When you meet one of the best stand up comics on tour today you expect laughs, but I didn’t expect the rest of his family to be as funny as him. I was photographing John Bishop for GQ with his sons and his dad. The magazine has created a portfolio of of fathers and sons in partnership with The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity – to help bring awareness to male cancers. Huge thanks to Keith Waterfield for the awesome art direction, Anna Akopyan for making it all come together, Oliver Sharp for his stunning styling, Charlie Duffy for grooming the gents so nicely, and the awesome assisting team of Angela Dennis and Oliver Mayhall. You can watch the interview with John and his family here: LINK

 - Chelsea Supporter Clubs – Chelsea F.C. - Charlie Clift

Chelsea Supporter Clubs – Chelsea F.C.

  There are official Chelsea supporter clubs all over the world bringing people together to celebrate their love of The Blues. To encourage even more people to join up I was asked to create images showing the joy of watching a game together. So of course, I threw a party. Cue awesome producer and supreme party organiser Morgan from Germaine Walker. She dived straight into the action, finding a plethora of blue to cover our location in – from silly hats to fairy cakes via giant flags and fluffy wigs. We were prepared to party. Chelsea had sent out a secrete message to their followers inviting people from all over the country to converge in London and celebrate together. There was smiles of joy, cries of agony, shouting, laughing and most of all singing – just like every Chelsea game the fans came out in a brilliant show of support....