Fonds - Lincoln Clarkes fonds

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Lincoln Clarkes fonds

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  • 1986-2007 (Creation)
    Clarkes, Lincoln, 1957-

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23.2 cm of textual records;47 objects;1 sound recording

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Born in Toronto in 1957, Lincoln Clarkes moved to Vancouver, BC in 1979. He was originally a painter, who encountered difficulties with his spray bomb graffiti paintings on walls and construction boards throughout downtown Vancouver. Clarkes taught himself photography and began a career in fashion and portraiture, working in both Paris and London as well as working on magazine and newspaper assignments across North America.;In 1996, he began working on a series of photographs that highlight the plight of women drug addicts living in Vancouvers Downtown Eastside. The resultant series, Heroines was first exhibited in 1998 at the Helen Pitt Gallery in Vancouver, and was subsequently turned into a book (Anvil Press, 2002) and an award-winning documentary film (Director: Stan Feingold, 2001).;Clarkes followed the success of Heroines with another series of photographs Views which also spawned a book and a music CD (both: Northern Electric, 2006).;Lincoln Clarkes is still an active member of the artistic community.

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The majority of the Lincoln Clarkes fonds consists of materials relating to his two successful photographic series Heroines and Views. There are also materials relating to Clarkes various photographic assignments for Vancouvers Georgia Straight and various magazines and advertising agencies, as well as personal correspondence.

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Access to the Archives of the Vancouver Art Gallery is at the discretion of the Librarian/Archivist.

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A full inventory with series descriptions and file lists is available at the Vancouver Art Gallery Archives / Library.

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BCAUL control number: VAG-3340

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