Lincoln Clarkes - A Photographer of & With StyleSunday, May 12, 2019
Lincoln Clarkes is a local photographer of renown that I don’t happen to run into often. I first met him in the very early 80s when he was a painter and I was assigned by Vancouver Magazine to photograph him. I did not know too much about photographic techniques but I did use an extremely sharp film called Kodak S0115 which was the precursor of perhaps the sharpest film ever made, Kodak Technical Pan. I have no idea if I used a light. I do know that Clarkes was gracious and faced my camera with a smile.
In the years since, once he became a photographer, I would run into him and I would note that he was always elegantly dressed and accompanied by a or many beautiful women. He has a sense of style. When Clarkes picks up a camera an puts it in front of his eye (he does have two) it is elegance personified.
Some years ago Clarkes gave me a print that he took in London of Helmut Newton. I would believe that both Clarkes and I adored the man. I have a memory of a photograph of an undraped Elizabeth Mazzoni by the bank vault in the building then owned by Uno Langmann. It was exquisite and much in Newton’s style.
|Helmut Newton - Lincoln Clarkes - 1988|
From there Clarkes went to more serious and perhaps even controversial themes. But I was glad that recently Clarkes took it upon himself to photograph women riding bicycles in skirts. As we would have said back in his time as a painter, “right on!”