Friday, March 31, 2006

Bob Carlos Clarke 1950-2006

Bob Carlos Clarke & Steve Diet Goedde, 2003
It was 1985, and I had just moved to Chicago from St. Louis. I was at Rizzoli's bookstore in Watertower Place for Richard Avedon's signing of In the American West. It was there that I first saw Bob Carlos Clarke's book The Dark Summer. I had already had an interest in fetishism but had not yet incorporated it into my photography. Being introduced to Bob's work proved to me that fetish photography COULD be done with aestetically pleasing results. Although I wouldn't start taking fetish-themed photos for another five years, Bob's work definitely gave me the artistic courage to do what I'm known for today. Thanks Bob.

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