Hello there. My name is Alison Clarke and I’m a London-based music and event photographer.
I began shooting gigs with substandard equipment during my time as an undergraduate at Brunel University. On entering the adult world, the photo passes I to which I had access via my student radio station were no longer an option. Instead, I traded live music photography for the crazy world of telecommunications copywriting.
In 2005 I stumbled across a band named Gogol Bordello. Just beginning to make their mark in the UK, they put on the most exciting shows of any band I’d ever seen. After two years as a devoted fan I found myself hired to rework their official website; later that same year, I made my first request for a photo pass.
It took one show in the pit for the photography bug to really bite again. Since then I’ve gradually upgraded my equipment and built up hours of real experience due to the generosity of Gogol Bordello, my part-time employers and full-time muses. Through their shows and other engagements, I’ve been published by Taschen, Classic Rock, The Washington Post and The Word magazine (amongst others), and hired as an official photographer for the Serpentine Gallery in London; I’ve shot in sticky dive bars, on festival main-stages, in American arenas and Scandinavian snowstorms. If I have the access, I’ll get the shots you need.