Prof. Paul Wenham-Clarke

Course Leader – MA Commercial Photography

Professor of Photography, FBIPP & AoP Member


Professor Paul Wenham-Clarke has been a professional photographer and educator for over twenty five years and has won eighteen national and international titles in professional competitions or awards. In 2010 he won an Association of Photographers Gold Award (commissioned documentary category) which is considered to be one of the most prestigious awards in the industry, other recipients include Nadav Kander and Simon Norfolk. The work entitled Hard Times was commissioned by The Big Issue Foundation and was a solo exhibition at St Martin-in-the-Fields Gallery in the Crypt for four months in 2010 and 112,000 visitors attended and it was featured on the BBC2 Culture Show.

In 2013 his project The Westway: a portrait of the community was part of his Research Fellowship activities and so was funded by AUB. The resulting work was also shown as a solo exhibition at St Martin-in-the-Fields Crypt Gallery, 52,000 people attended.

The Urban Gypsies, part of the Westway project, was shortlisted for The World Photography Organisation’s Awards 2013. The images went on to be shown at Somerset House, and at the Victoria & Albert Museum as part of the Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month. One of the images from the show (Cindy & Shirley age ten, hold Terry on his Christening day) was selected for the Taylor-Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition 2013 and was shown at the National Portrait Gallery.

The Urban Gypsies went on to be published in hard back in June 2019 by Hoxton Mini Press and sold out at the stands at Photo London in May 2019.

Paul made the change from an advertising and commercial photographer to a documentary photographer in 2004 when he made a personal project called When Lives Collide. This work examined the loss of life on a British roads and was sponsored by Green Flag Motoring Assistance. First shown at The OXOX gallery on the South Bank the work went on to tour the UK, and was even shown in Greece in 2010 (Crete & Athens). To see the work visit:

In 2018 Paul was included in The Association of Photographers AOP50 exhibition Images that define an age which celebrated the association’s fiftieth anniversary. Thousands of images were considered from over the last 50 years and only 60 were selected.

Also in 2018 work from Paul’s new project Our Human Condition was included in the British Journal of Photography’s Portrait of Britain Competition and book.



Professional practice

Twenty five years experience teaching photography at HE Level.

Three years experience as a Research Fellow at AUB.

Twenty six years experience as a commercial and advertising photographer.

Fifteen years experience as a issue based documentary photographer.

Professional memberships

  • The Association of Photographers (2000–2019)
  • Fellow British Institute of Photography (1994–2019)


  • BJP Portrait of Britain (2018)
  • Shortlisted: Hasselblad Masters Awards (2015)
  • Taylor-Wessing, National Portrait Gallery (2013)
  • Shortlisted in the World Photography Organisation Awards (2013)
  • Gold Award Winner in The Association of Photographers Awards (2010)
  • Overall Winner The Association of Photographers Open Comp. (2006)

Research Specialism

PHOTOGRAPHY  (Specialising in issue based projects).

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