In this very special interview, we sit down with internationally renowned photographer Robert Clark to learn how he launched his career and grew his business to what it is today. Also hear the stories behind some of Robert’s most memorable photographs and assignments, including the iconic photos he took on 9/11.
Presenters: Robert Clark
Moderators: Kurt Mutchler
Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 5 Uplands
In this very special interview, we sit down with internationally renowned photographer Robert Clark to learn how he launched his career and grew his business to what it is today. Also hear the stories behind some of Robert’s most memorable photographs and assignments, including the iconic photos he took on 9/11. For photographers looking to begin their careers or those feeling “stuck”, we’ll also get Robert’s tips to set yourself apart and get work. Bring your questions.
Robert Clark is a freelance photographer based in New York City. During his fifteen-years working with National Geographic Magazine, Clark has photographed over 30 stories, including more than a dozen covers. His story on Taxidermy is his 38th story for the magazine. In March 2003, he photographed the magazine’s first digital photographic cover. The article, “Was Darwin Wrong?” earned a National Magazine award for best essay in 2005.
Early in his career, Clark left his job with the Philadelphia Inquirer to document the lives of high school football players in Odessa, Texas with author Buzz Bissinger, for the book “Friday Night Lights.” In 2003, Anne Wilkes Tucker of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston brought Clark back to Texas to capture the first year of the new NFL team, the Houston Texans. Clark’s documentary and portraiture project resulted in one of the museums’s most popular exhibits in recent years.
Clark witnessed the attack on the World Trade Center from his rooftop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. His photos captured the second plane hitting the tower and his four picture series was widely published. His coverage on September 11th was recognized with a first place award at the World Press Awards in Amsterdam. He is currently working on a book documenting the birth of science and evolution.
He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife Lai Ling and their daughter Lola.
Kurt Mutchler is a Senior Science Photo Editor at National Geographic magazine.
He was awarded the 2018 Pictures of the Year International (POYi) Visual Editor of the Year as well as the Magazine Picture Editor of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA.) His work has also been recognized by the Overseas Press Club of America, The Association of Magazine Media (MPA), The Society for News Design, The Society of Publication Designers and World Press Photo. He is a former adjunct professor at the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design in Washington, D.C., where he taught photojournalism. Prior to joining the magazine, he was the photo and graphics editor of The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, LA. Kurt Mutchler