Tuesday, February 27, 2007


The Australian ad industry will once again be in mourning, this time on hearing news of the passing of Alister Clarke, one of Australia's most popular, and most awarded photographers, who succumbed to cancer on the weekend.
Clarke, who was only in his early 40s, was named one of the world's top photographers by Archive Magazine a few years back and his work has been featured in hundreds of award-winning print campaigns for the region's top agencies over the last two decades.


Blogger Scott Lambert said...

My god, that's so sad.
I haven't worked with or seen Al for the last 5 or so years.
We worked together a number of times while i was in Singapore and he was always a great pleasure to work with.
I will never forget driving around Sydney in his Mustang.
His passing will be a great loss to the Australian photographic and Advertising scene.

Scott Lambert.

10:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah he was a great bloke, and a fantastic photographer.

Full of beans, he worked at one hundred miles an hour and was always good for a laugh. Well, most of the time. If something or someone got on his nose, he’d let it be known. Funny.

Spent time with him in Samoa and the Maldives. Fun times indeed.

Al was a classic. He will be missed big time.

Next wave is for you Al. Later brother.

Darren M.

1:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very very sad news. He was one of the great people you get to come across in the this industry

2:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sad sad news. I haven't seen Al for a few years but back in his Melbourne days we did a lot of work together. He was a great, gutsy guy with a fire in his belly and a crazy new story every time you saw him. Lovely funny guy. I'll miss ya Al.


4:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There goes a class act. It was always a pleasure Al.

5:06 PM  
Blogger Roy said...

That's awful news. Al Clarke was a great bloke and a great photographer. I loved his work, and I loved his attitude to life.

He's a great loss to us all.

Roy Faulkner

5:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A sad loss.

6:03 PM  
Anonymous Guy Venables said...

Al was always full of ideas, he moved at a million miles and hour, his excentric humour always made you stop and think when he would drop by the office back when we repped him. Its a truly sad loss of one of the photography industries refreshing characters and great contemporary ad photographers. Even years after we stopped working together I could always pick Als shots just by his unique style. A sad loss indeed. Guy

11:17 AM  
Blogger Luzio Grossi said...

oh boy we started and studied together at prahran college art and photography,a dude a thinker and a naturally talented bohemian ,thanks Lester for the joy and journey we both travelled in those early years,will miss you and astro, it was wonderful ,see you in the next future buddy......Luzio Grossi

7:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes it is very sad. I knew Alister well, and am good mates with his old studio buddy Jonathan Thew, who I broke th bad news to today. Everybody is in shock. We knew Al was ill, but he kept so much of it to himself. I thought he had beaten the illness and was looking forward to catching up with him the next couple of months. I didn’t think there was a real hurry. How wrong I was. Very sad. We’ll try to get in touch with his family and see what’s happening about the funeral.

A really good aussie bloke, and a damn fine photographer. He’ll be missed. Peter Metro

7:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Bye to big Al I will miss you mate.

I always had a great time shooting with Al. The amount of shit we talked was hysterical. He was never short of a word to say and never short of energy. He was a cheeky larakin and he definitely knew the effect of sending photos of himself in 8 foot barrels at Uluwatu knowing you where at work.

Good bye to a great shooter and great mate. Enjoy the barrels wherever you are.

Love and prayers go to Elizabeth and the boys. I am thinking of you all.

Matt Smith

6:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love you heaps Al.
You made our stuff look good but more importantly you made it fun.
Miss you heaps,
Pic and Baz

10:12 AM  
Blogger Alister said...

Being his namesake, an amateur photographer (and about the same age) I have followed his work with a lot of admiration. I never met Alister, but I understand from the other comments that he was a very well liked chap.
Alister Clarke, Munich Germany

12:31 AM  

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