Clary Estes

Photographer, Writer
          
Skin
Nationality: United States of America
Biography: Clary Estes is a documentary photographer from Central Kentucky who works internationally on stories about the human condition.
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Skin

“Skin” was shot in the spring of 2015 during a Magnum workshop that I did with Antoine D’agata. This project is a practice in radical vulnerability. 

“Skin” was a pivot point in my photographic practice. Through this project I started to think more deeply about how I manifest myself in my photography, either intentionally or unintentionally, as well as being the first time I really looked at myself through the photographic lens. The project gained a kind of eroticism as I shot it, in part because this was a very intimidating project for me to shoot. To be vulnerable, was to be naked in front of the camera and to give my camera away and welcome being seen. I felt like I was ripping myself open to my own dismay and trying to photograph what came out. In many ways I was becoming a more mature photographer and a more open woman. The process was messy, stressful and imperfect, but profoundly changed how I photographed and approached projects. Though this project is imperfect, it made me a better photographer. This project is a story of how I learned to start looking at myself.

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The People's Health (Hiatus)

By Clary Estes — The People's Health (Hiatus) China is a country of haves and have-nots. In the city, people have access to..
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On the Road

By Clary Estes —  An ever developing cache of images from my time on the road.            ..
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Flower Portraits

By Clary Estes / Tusheti, Georgia
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Those Who Remain

By Clary Estes / Moldova — Hundreds of thousands of people from a corner of eastern Europe were forcibly deported as political exiles..
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Second to None

By Clary Estes / Washington, DC., United States — Second to None Schools have a particular smell about them; it nests quietly in the corners of the building...
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The Hamagurihama Project

By Clary Estes / Hamagurihama, Japan — The Hamagurihama Project came about as a result of the 3.11 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami...
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Left Behind

By Clary Estes / China — Summary In the wake of China‚Äôs rapid industrialization, many young people are moving to the city for..
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