- Marquee Magic – life in the circus - Charlie Clift

Marquee Magic – life in the circus

Marquee Magic delves into the lives of the people who live and work at Zippos Circus with particular attention on ringmaster and budgie performer Norman Barrett MBE. A little over a year ago I was walking past the park one lunchtime when I saw the huge tents of Zippos sprawled across the green. Intrigued I went back that evening with my camera to create intimate portraits of the performers LINK. I discovered a group of dedicated and fascinating people. I wanted to delve deeper into their story. So I teamed up with filmmaker and friend Joe Morgan, and after weeks of storyboarding and planning we went back to capture the magic of the marquee. Jugglers, mothers, clowns, and fathers, from the children of trapeze artists to death defying bikers – find out what life is like in the circus. Featuring Norman Barrett, Lucio Mauro Zafalon, Emilion Delbosq, Rosey Delarue, Joanamarie...

 - Doctor Who at Abbey Road Studios - Charlie Clift

Doctor Who at Abbey Road Studios

Ever wanted to experience what it’s like recording at Abbey Road Studios? I went behind the scenes there recently with the talented composer Segun Akinola when he recorded the score for the new Doctor Who. Every single musician was a joy to listen to but there was one stand-out pinch yourself moment when Shahid Abbas Khan began to sing… everyone in the sound booth was left speechless by the beautiful sound coming out of this man. It was a pleasure to photograph, and even better to do it in the backdrop of this iconic studio. Thanks for having me Segun.

 - Let’s Talk launch at Exposure Gallery - Charlie Clift

Let’s Talk launch at Exposure Gallery

Join us for the launch of Let’s Talk at Exposure Gallery on 29th November from 6.30 – 8.30pm. The exhibition has been curated by The Photography Movement and is part of a series of exhibitions that promote the benefits of using photography to support mental wellbeing, as well as raising awareness and funds for charity partners. Address: 22-23 Little Portland St, Fitzrovia, London, W1W 8BU RSVP to [email protected] Can’t make it? Don’t worry – the exhibition is on until Thursday 13th December. Mon-Fri 9.30am-6.30pm.

 - A Dutch Royal visit – Portrait of Brixton - Charlie Clift

A Dutch Royal visit – Portrait of Brixton

It’s not every day you get to show the Dutch Royal Family your photography exhibition. The King and Queen were visiting Pop Brixton and I was asked to tell them about my project Portrait of Brixton. They were both genuinely fascinated and were keen to find out how I approached my subjects, the practicalities of photographing outside in British weather and were eager to find out about the characters I met. The exhibition is on display until the end of October and you can see the project here: LINK Many thanks to Frank Augstein for the photos.

 - Tortoise Media – Slowing news down - Charlie Clift

Tortoise Media – Slowing news down

There’s a new news company in town, and they want to fight back against clickbait. They want us to slow down and wise up. I was asked to photograph the founders of Tortoise Media for their Kickstarter campaign. And they are quite a group of people: James Harding – former editor of the Times and BBC News, Katie Vanneck-Smith – former President of the Wall Street Journal, and Matthew Barzun – former US ambassador to the UK. Needless to say it was fascinating meeting every one of them. Tortoise thinks we are being overwhelmed with information and that trying to follow the 24 hour news cycle can be confusing and exhausting. So James, Katie and Matthew (and Agatha the Tortoise) are on a mission to change that. You can find out more on their kickstarter: LINK

Let's Talk exhibition, Regent's Place, London -  thanks to British Land - Let’s Talk – discussion and Q&A at Broadgate - Charlie Clift

Let’s Talk – discussion and Q&A at Broadgate

Join me for a lively and thought-provoking discussion and Q&A about everything from mental health issues to the ideas behind the Let’s Talk exhibition. I will be talking alongside project volunteers Emily Hartridge and Scott Shillum as well as Kenza Dairi from Mental Health UK. When? Thursday 25th October from 12.30pm -1.30pm Where? Broadgate, The Space | 3FA, ground floor of 3 Finsbury Avenue Square Get free tickets for the event here: LINK

Jordan Stephens - Let’s Talk – sparking millions of conversations about mental health - Charlie Clift

Let’s Talk – sparking millions of conversations about mental health

We don’t talk about mental health enough. That’s why today a project I’ve been working on for over a year launches in the Observer Magazine and will be an outdoor exhibition from the 8th of October in Regent’s Place, London. Let’s Talk is a campaign that aims to spark millions of conversations about mental health. By literally drawing people’s most difficult thoughts on their faces, lettering artist Kate Forrester and I hope to inspire others to open up about their own mental health. Massive thanks to everyone involved, especially the volunteers to have agreed to let us photograph them for the campaign. Please spread the pictures far and wide and visit the outdoor exhibition to see these portraits printed 2 metres tall. Most importantly please talk about mental health. It’s ok not to feel ok. Speak up, let’s talk.

 - Ruth Davidson for cover of The Sunday Times Magazine - Charlie Clift

Ruth Davidson for cover of The Sunday Times Magazine

I’ve asked many people to dance in front of my camera, and politicians have always said “No”, until now… I was in Edinburgh to photograph the leader of the Scottish Conservatives Ruth Davidson. I’d done all my research and come with many ideas, but ultimately I didn’t know what Ruth would be like, plus I was very aware that she was rather pregnant. The last thing I expected to happen was for her to shake her stuff in front of my lens like she was in a nightclub. Even Ed Balls who is famed for his appearances on Strictly Come Dancing refused to do the cha cha cha when I photographed him. However, when I brought up Theresa May’s recent rhythmic movements on her African tour I discovered that Ruth does like a dance or two. A self confessed fan of cheesy pop she requested Pink’s “Raise your glass” and away...

 - Tom Kerridge for GQ - Charlie Clift

Tom Kerridge for GQ

When the person you’re photographing turns up with a pig’s head under their arm you know it’s going to be an interesting day. This was my first shoot for GQ but the second time I was photographing chef Tom Kerridge. Last time we blowtorched everything we laid our hands on and dressed up like pirates: LINK. This time was just as fun – Tom giggled throughout, weight lifted meat and risked his life on a rickety old table on the rooftop of the Corinthia Hotel. Thanks to Tom for being such a good sport and the wonderful team who made it come together. Tom is opening his debut restaurant in London soon at the Corinthia Hotel, definitely go check it out. Photo Director: Robin Key Prop Stylist: Mim Quin-Harkin Stylist: Angelo Mitakos MUA: Karen Wagner Assistant: Angela Dennis

 - Lynn Barber and her cat for The Sunday Times Magazine - Charlie Clift

Lynn Barber and her cat for The Sunday Times Magazine

Lynn Barber and her cat Tyger for the Sunday Times Magazine. True to Lynn’s warning the cat did not want to be photographed. We managed to get one appearance on set thanks to the cocaine like properties of Dreamies cat treats, but once Tyger had had her fill she then wouldn’t perform for us again – no treats, toys or cat herding would help.