Iconic Portraits

Clay has chosen this selection of historic portraits, some of which the National Portrait Gallery have acquired for their collection, where Clay is cited as being a photographer of note. These portraits were commissioned by the Sunday Times and the Sunday Express magazines.

Clay’s quiet but persistent approach has made it possible for him to capture the essence of his subject. He either gets his photograph at the beginning of the shoot or when his subjects are tired or bored and have forgotten that they are being photographed.

The cell phone has changed the path of photography for many, both for the good and the bad, it is now possible to to take photographs in countries where it would have been extremely difficult, without giving offence. This also means that the journalist on an assignment can take an adequate snap without a photographer present. But the art of true observation and talent shines through, giving pleasure to all and will surely survive.

MARGARET THATCHER