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.
  • Laura Kuenssberg for The Sunday Times Magazine
    Laura Kuenssberg for The Sunday Times MagazineSo fascinating to meet this journalistic powerhouse. For 7 years Laura Kuenssberg been at the helm of the BBC’s political broadcasting - through Brexit, Covid, and three Prime Ministers, informing the nation from morning to evening almost every day. Wow, the stories she told me on our shoot - she’s seen and heard everything and been at the heart of it all. Awesome to see in her new role at ‘Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg’ already doing amazing things. Massive thanks to Russ O'Connell for the fab
  • An island in the ocean
    An island in the oceanOff the Cornish coast lies a little archipelago separate from normal life. Salty air, fresh breezes, heathers and ferns. Boat trips and barbecues, sunshine and stars. Here’s my photo diary from a week on one of them – Tresco.
  • Hannah Fry - publicity portraits
    Hannah Fry - publicity portraitsI recently photographed Hannah Fry, the brilliant mathematician, presenter and wonderful human. Photographed in collaboration with her and her brilliant team we worked together to create a variety of image styles to feature across many different articles and platforms. Not only is Hannah an amazing mathematical mind – but she is also a brilliant TV maker. She has recently released a moving and insightful documentary about her experience with cervical cancer, something I recommend everyone to wa
  • Angela Gui for Die Zeit
    Angela Gui for Die ZeitAngela never meant to be a campaigner or a human rights activist, she wanted to be an academic. But Angela last saw her father in 2014 and is doing what she can to see him again. Hit the link to find out more: Big thanks to Ludwig Ander-Donath for the commission.
  • Gordon Brown - The Sunday Times Magazine
    Gordon Brown - The Sunday Times Magazine“They didn’t give me a chance” was one of the first things the ex-Prime Minister said to me. A man who seemed to be looking back as much as forward. It was fascinating to meet a figure who had been so present in politics whilst I was growing up. He was more excited to hear about me than to talk about himself, and even more eager to show us his home village. “Have you seen the bridges?” he said, referring to the massive structures spanning the Firth of Forth that tower over the place. He then too
  • Beyond the Horizon
    Beyond the HorizonBeyond the Horizon, my new film, premieres today . It’s an exploration of the ups and downs of the creative process, and the fruit of my collaboration with composer Segun Akinola and choreographer Demi Rox. I’ve been lucky enough to cross paths with many brilliant creative people. Speaking to them and knowing my own process, I’ve found that bringing a project to life is always a journey with many twists and turns. You start up-beat and self-assured, but you’re guaranteed to get overwhelmed by s
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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
  • Meet Photographer: CHARLIE CLIFT
    Meet Photographer: CHARLIE CLIFTFor multi-award winning photographer and director Charlie Clift, it's all about people and their stories. Whether photographing an A-list celebrity in a studio, or a community worker in a makeshift food bank, Charlie will get up close and personal with his subjects to create stunningly intimate and honest portraits that tells a story and always heroes the person in the picture. Charlie is based in London, and regularly commissioned by a wide range of commercial and editorial clients in the UK a
  • Earth Day 2022
    Earth Day 2022"Now is the time for the unstoppable courage to preserve and protect our health, our families, our livelihoods." - In celebration of Earth Day 2022, we've put together a selection of images from our award-winning photographers/directors.
  • AWARD WINS: Hannah & Charlie win SILVER at the AOP Awards
    AWARD WINS: Hannah & Charlie win SILVER at the AOP AwardsHuge Congrats to Hannah Maule-ffinch & Charlie Clift for picking up a silver award each at the 2022 Association of Photographers Awards! Hannah won silver in the documentary category for her life-affirming swimmers series, and Charlie for his intimate, contemplative portrait of Sadiq Khan in the Portraits category. Well deserved!
  • INSPIRATION: Travel & Leisure Mood Booster
    INSPIRATION: Travel & Leisure Mood BoosterTo help us get in the holiday spirit - we are showcasing some beautiful travel & leisure photography from our talented roster. Enjoy this lovely mood-booster...
  • International Day of Happiness - 2022
    International Day of Happiness - 2022Happy International Day of Happiness - we hope these images put a smile on your face �
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Work history
    OwnerCharlie Clift Photography
    London, United KingdomFull Time
  • Photography
  • Film Directing
    BSc PsychologyUniversity of Bristol
    Bristol, United Kingdom
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    D&AD ShortlistD&AD
    Let's Talk - a mental health campaign
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    Top 200 Ad Photographers in the WorldLürzer's Archive
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