After completing a degree in politics Clive joined the South African film industry, as a runner. He claims that he had always been drawn to the image, still or moving. Part time he studied photography at the Kodak run Market Theatre in downtown Johannesburg. There he was trained in the art of exposure, developing and hand printing images. The South African Camera Guild invited him, to prepare for the rigors of an on set apprenticeship. On graduation Clive was thrust into the cauldron of low budget action movies and witnessed many explosions and dare devil stunts. Soon enough the demand for assistants in the fast paced world of TV commercials came knocking.
“As an assistant I learned huge amounts about production and saw some of the best in the business plough their trade. This was more then a job, it was an opportunity to witness firsthand the process of film making,” Clive.
Inevitably Clive branched out into his own experimental shooting. His well-crafted spot for Street Universe, a street orphans initiative, garnished him the notice he needed to launch into the professional arena. From here Clive determinedly established a career in the mainstream of the commercial world. He has gone on to shoot spots for many of the worlds leading brands and companies. His work has featured in Cannes, D&AD, Young Gunn’s, Gunn Report and One Show to name a few. The list of awards and accolades are testament to Clive’s ability to find great ideas and nurture them. His affinity with the camera and intimate knowledge of its workings means his approach is one of true visual literacy. Clive’s style is as distinctive in his work as it is in his process. It is intelligent, observant and well constructed.