Master Award 2024 | Giles Clarke (eng)

Master Award winner 2024Giles Clarke

Since the assassination of the former Haitian Prime Minister, Jovenal Moise, in July of 2021, the country has been on a fast downward spiral of lawlessness and brutal gang violence, with thousands killed and kidnapped as raging street battles for territory continue. According to UN figures, there were nearly 5,000 homicides counted in Haiti in 2023, more than double the number in 2022.
Port au Prince alone has over 80 warring gangs, such as G-Pep, the 5 Segond, 400 Mawozo, and maybe the most powerful, the ‘G9 Family and Allies’. The G-9 is an allied federation of nine gangs led by former Haitian Police Captain Jimmy ‘Barbeque’ Cherizier, the first individual from Haiti to be sanctioned by the UN Human Rights Commission.
In late February 2024, in the violent process of demanding Prime Minster Ariel Henry step down, Cherizier took responsibility for the deadly coordinated attacks against the prisons, the police stations, and government buildings that closed the airport and led to raging street battles against police in the city center.

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Giles Clarke is a photojournalist focusing on capturing poignant moments of current and post-conflict global issues.
Clarke began his film and photography career in West Berlin as a 16mm camera assistant at the height of the Cold War during the mid-1980s before switching to a successful professional black-and-white photographic printer career in London and New York. In 1997, Clarke worked in the Richard Avedon darkroom in New York on some now-iconic fashion campaigns. From 1998 to 2008, Clarke moved to Los Angeles, where he worked with Channel 4 on film-based content stories and directed and produced web content for clients such as Budweiser, Hummer, and Cadillac. In 2007, Clarke began reporting from Bhopal, India on the ongoing toxic legacy of the Union Carbide gas disaster in 1984. In 2013, Clarke was signed by Getty Images Reportage and continues today to syndicate news/feature work through Getty Images as a contributor. In 2016, Clarke traveled with Mr. Ban Ki-moon to over 40 countries documenting the UN Secretary-General’s final year of tenure.
Clarke was awarded numerous recognitions in his career such as 1st prize by the National Press Photographers Association, a Lucie Statue at Carnegie Hall, a Gold Award by PX3 Prix De La Photographie Paris, the ‘WARS Photography Award’ created by ‘Associazione 46 Parallelo / Atlante delle guerre, and the Sharjah Government Communication Award.
His work was extensively published in magazines and newspapers and it has been exhibited worldwide.


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