Charlie Clift

Charlie Clift

Photographer and directorLondon, United Kingdom
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Charlie Clift

Charlie Clift

Photographer and directorLondon, United Kingdom
About me
Charlie has dangled CEOs upside down, gone undercover with drug cops, set Michelin star chefs on fire and discussed peace with Nobel Prize winners – all in pursuit of a great photograph. His drive is to tell personal stories with a twist of the unexpected. He works globally for a range of editorial and commercial clients including BAFTA, the BBC, The Sunday Times Magazine, GQ, Wired, the Premier League, Action for Children, The British Council and many others. To keep things fresh Charlie always has a personal project on the go. From a collective portrait of British emigrants to his own mental health campaign, he experiments with different ways of creating images and telling stories. Charlie’s work had been published and exhibited widely. You might have seen it in the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery, The Creative Review Photo Annual, the D&AD Awards, and Lurzer's Archive's Top 200 Ad Photographers in the World.
  • Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta - Die Zeit
    Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta - Die Zeit“The reasons we are on our current path can be traced to institutional failure writ large… and the failure of contemporary conceptions of economic possibilities to acknowledge that we are embedded within Nature, we are not external to it.” Most economist like to concentrate on money, not Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta, he has spent his recent years concentrating on something far more valuable – the biodiversity of our planet. When I was asked to photograph him for Die Zeit I jumped at the chance
  • Bafta Television Awards 2021
    Bafta Television Awards 2021Michaela Cole was statuesque as she received not one, but four awards for I May Destroy You, Paul Mescal was in state of shock not quite sure how to process the golden mask he was holding, Rakie Ayola broke down in tears of joy, Olly Alexander screamed at the rooftops, Golda Rosheuvel danced to Elvis, and the Banjo brothers celebrated their must-see moment. It was an honour photographing the official portraits at the 2021 Bafta TV Awards.
  • Ed Miliband for British GQ
    Ed Miliband for British GQIn the UK if you’re a public figure the media tends to show you in a single way, a full bodied persona boiled down to a single dimension. And as a fun and humorous politician (quite the unusual thing) Ed Miliband was only ever portrayed as a joker when he was leader of the Labour Party. However, when I met Ed it became instantly clear that there is also a serious and thoughtful side to the man. He’s happy to laugh and play jokes on himself, and he’s just as happy to dive deep into a philosophica
  • Jeremy Clarkson and a lamb - The Sunday Times Magazine
    Jeremy Clarkson and a lamb - The Sunday Times MagazineJeremy Clarkson is best know for driving fast cars and having controversial opinions. However, recently he’s turned his hand to tilling the soil and become a bit of an ambassador for countryside communities. Rather a u-turn, and one I was eager to exploit when Russ O’Connell asked me to photograph him for the cover of The Sunday Times Magazine. I had photographed Clarkson once before, when he had taken over the magazine with a rather comical set of recipes designed to inspire everyone to eat mo
  • Colours and patterns
    Colours and patternsThis was fun! Inspired by spring time, and the return of colours to the world, stylist Olliver Sharp and I collaborated on a story recently. We built sets to match out the outfits, creating some rather attention grabbing scenes that made my vision swirl a bit on set but did look great in camera. Raihanna Thompson modelled for us - an incredible bundle of energy, who brought loads of enthusiasm to the shoot and really elevated it. Massive thanks to the team involved: Styling: Olliver Sharp Make
  • Sir Keir Starmer for The Sunday Times Magazine
    Sir Keir Starmer for The Sunday Times MagazineCould this man be the next Prime Minister? It all felt very informal as he wondered casually into the meeting room we’d set up a studio in. “Call me Keir,” was the first thing he said, dispelling any I thought that I ought to address him as Sir Most politicians I’ve photographed seem to enjoy the limelight that comes with the job, but I didn’t get that impression with Starmer. “Do you continually experiment?” That was his first proper comment, eager to find out about the people he was meeting
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Projects credited in
  • The Sunday Times Magazine - Why are men so unhappy?
    The Sunday Times Magazine - Why are men so unhappy?Starring Matt Rudd - wearing Boss Photography by Charlie Clift Styling by Olliver Sharp Digital Manipulation by Peter Crowther
  • Census - Office Of National Statistics - ONS - Charlie Clift
    Census - Office Of National Statistics - ONS - Charlie CliftThis was an epic undertaking. We journeyed around the UK to document true and modern Britain. We met some fantastic people along the way. What a year to document the different cultures and communities who all fit together to create the UK as we know it! Charlie Clift's unique ability to capture personable and iconic images was a perfect pairing for this important documentation. We shot 130 people across 12 shoot days, in 16 different towns / cities. We were welcomed by the Nepalese community cen
    PROJECT ISOLATIONDuring this time of isolation Germaine Walker Photographic & Digital Content Agency (among others) have collaborated with Zebedee Model Management to bring together image makers and models to create unique & beautiful portraits. Both agencies are deep-rooted within the commercial advertising world and both have been affected by the pandemic, emotionally, commercially, financially and personally. It is this shared experience which drove the creation and curation of this project. Zebedee are fast
  • Images Available for Licence
    Images Available for LicenceAll our 9 photographers have extensive archives and back-catalogues of stills, moving image and SFA – ranging in themes from People, family and lifestyle to food and drink, business, adventure, youth and travel. We have now made this treasure trove available for licensing, send us your brief and we can compile a PDF of relevant work for you! Email:
  • John Bishop and Family for British GQ
    John Bishop and Family for British GQTalent: John Bishop, his father and three sons Photographer: Charlie Clift Stylist: Oliver Sharp
  • Premier League x Coca Cola - Will your minute win it?
    Premier League x Coca Cola - Will your minute win it?
Work history
    OwnerCharlie Clift Photography
    London, United KingdomFull Time
  • Photography
  • Film Directing
    BSc PsychologyUniversity of Bristol
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    D&AD logo
    D&AD logo
    D&AD ShortlistD&AD
    Let's Talk - a mental health campaign
    Top 200 Ad Photographers in the WorldLürzer's Archive
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