Join Birmingham based exhibiting artist Clare Hewitt for a talk about her work in the Royal Photographic Society's International Photography Exhibition IPE 161 and her wider practice.
Clare Hewitt is a photographer based in Birmingham and London. After completing a degree in Law, she went on to study Commercial Photography at the Arts University Bournemouth.
In 2011 Clare met Eugenie, a woman who had unexpectedly suffered from a stroke, which left her severely visually impaired and stole large parts of her memory. Clare started to visit her once a week and carried on for four years. Eugenie became a beautiful subject, a friend, and a vessel, who allowed Clare to produce a series of emotional observations of them both.
Clare’s work in progress, Kamera, began in 2015 when she started writing to a man she calls Duke, a prisoner on death row in America. With each letter she sends a landscape photograph that becomes part of Duke’s cell, and he responds with his own letters and drawings.
In 2011 Clare’s work was selected for Fresh Faced & Wild Eyed at The Photographers’ Gallery, and has since been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery as part of the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize, 2013. In 2016 and ‘17 she was included in the Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward emerging photographer selection and in The British Journal of Photography’s nationwide exhibition, Portrait of Britain. Her work is currently being exhibited as part of the Royal Photographic Society’s International Photography Exhibition IPE 161.
Her clients include The Independent Magazine, Save the Children, Oxfam, Guardian Weekend Magazine, New Statesman, BBC Radio 4 and The Telegraph Magazine. Clare is a Visiting Lecturer in Photography at Birmingham City University and the University of the West of England.