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Henry Clarke (c. 1917, Los ANgeles, USA – April 26, 1996, Le Cannet, France (aged 78)) was an American fashion photographer, known particularly for his work for Vogue.

Henry Clarke is the son of Irish immigrants who settled in California. After a first job as a window dresser and then as shop window manager in department stores on the West Coast, he decided to cross the United States to reach New York where he will discover photography.
He began to work in the late 1940s as a props in the Vogue photo studios in New York and meets Horst P. Horst , Irving Penn and Cecil Beaton. The latter photographing Dorian Leigh gave Henry Clarke a taste to devote himself to photography. He learns to use a Rolleiflex loaned by Claire Mallison, the director of the studio and presents his achievements to Alexander Liberman. This sends him to take photography courses at the New School for Social Research University. He then began to work for the American press and in 1948 his first photographs were published in Kaleidoscope of American Fashion.

He moved to Paris after the Second World War, in 1949, helped by Robert Randall who introduced him to the world of Parisian fashion. Like William Klein, he will be nicknamed "the most Parisian of American photographers", and will renew, from his first years in the profession, the style of post- war fashion photography, like Richard Avedon and Irving Penn.

After several collaborations with the magazines Fémina , the Album du Figaro, and Harper's Bazaar, Henry Clarke obtains an exclusive contract with Les Editions Condé Nast. He will work for three editions of the Vogue magazine for nearly thirty years: Vogue Paris, initially with Michel de Brunhoff, US Vogue then under the responsibility of Alexander Liberman, and British Vogue.
At the height of his career, he spent part of his contract in the late 1960s at American Vogue, consisting of several years of collaborations with editor-in-chief Diana Vreeland.

In 1973 , Henry Clarke moved away from the field of fashion to photograph large residences: his images were published in the feminine supplement of Figaro Madame Figaro, Maison & Jardin, House & Garden, Connaissance des Arts, and Vogue Paris.

He died on April 26 , 1996, from leukemia in the region of Cannes. He will remain known for his images of elegant, sophisticated, refined, feminine women, most often in simple or minimalist settings and in black and white, as well as for his portraits of personalities.
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