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MA New Media Photojournalism
Corcoran College of Art + Design
www.claryestes.com
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I was born and raised in Central Kentucky and am currently living and working in East Asia as a photojournalist. I received my MA in New Media Photojournalism from the Corcoran College of Art and Design in May of 2013.
  • Artist in Residence
    IFChina Original Studios — Jian, China
  • Instructor
    Corcoran College of Art — Whitesburg, KY, USA
  • Photography Archivist
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum — Washington, DC, USA
  • Artist in Residence
    CaoChungDi Workstation — Beijing, China
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When I was young, my mother gave me a camera as a means to stave off boredom one afternoon. For the next 6 hours I photographed non-stop. I was hooked. It was as if I were seeing the world for the first time; the colors where brighter, the people were more interesting and the horizon was endless. The camera has si… Read More
When I was young, my mother gave me a camera as a means to stave off boredom one afternoon. For the next 6 hours I photographed non-stop. I was hooked. It was as if I were seeing the world for the first time; the colors where brighter, the people were more interesting and the horizon was endless. The camera has since become my voice, my eyes and my very essence. It is how I communicate with and understand people. It is how I grow and evolve. I am never more myself than I am when I have my camera.

As a photographer, I have come to understand my work as being a delicate balance between a record of life and a testimony of the human condition. Each series I create works to strike this balance and tell the story of humanity in new and different ways. Sometimes, these stories are manifest in a linear storytelling method where I listen to and see someone’s life unfold in front of me and they share their most personal and intimate moments with me. Other times the boundaries between past and present blur to create a quiet melancholy that questions life and our place within it. And sometimes my work simply rejoices in the brevity and innate excitement of life and all its uncertainty.

I photograph all of this while trying to be as open and honest as possible. I ask those who came before me for insight and I teach those who come after me what I have learned. I ask questions and challenge the boundary between subject and photographer – what is it to be seen and what is it to see?

Through my work I can reflect, I can grow and I can move forward. I used to believe that as a photographer I helped others with my work, but in reality, my subjects are the ones who help me and in return I show a part of my soul to convey the charity that I have received. Read Less
Education

Post-Graduate Photography Fellow, Graduate School of Letters, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan, 2015
MA New Media Photojournalism, Corcoran College of Art + Design, Washington, DC, 2013
BA International Studies, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 2010


Skills

Organizational
Ability to conduct rese… Read More
Education

Post-Graduate Photography Fellow, Graduate School of Letters, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan, 2015
MA New Media Photojournalism, Corcoran College of Art + Design, Washington, DC, 2013
BA International Studies, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 2010


Skills

Organizational
Ability to conduct research, manage and lead outreach initiatives as well as conduct day-to-day administrative duties such as data entry, budgeting, clientele and media relations, and archiving. Strong proficiency in facilitating organizational, board and leadership development, as well as excellent inter-personal skills in speaking with a diverse group of important external callers and visitors as well as internal contacts at all levels of the organization. I have a history of being a team leader and focusing groups towards a common goal.
Computer
Ability to conduct research, manage and lead outreach initiatives as well as conduct day-to-day administrative duties such as data entry, budgeting, clientele and media relations, and archiving. Strong proficiency in facilitating organizational, board and leadership development.
Artistic
Extensive knowledge of digital and analogue photography production. Proficiency in illustration, composition and design ranging from hand drawn designs to printmaking and letterpress, as well as working knowledge of wet printing for photography.



Exhibitions, Publications and Awards

- Invisible Photographers Asia Contributor, ‘Left Behind’ Photo Essay, http://invisiblephotographer.asia/2013/12/07/photoessay-leftbehind-claryestes/ December 2013
- Photophilanthropy Student Finalist ‘Second to None’ Photo Essay, www.photophilanthropy.org, February 2014 (Winners to be announced in March 2014)
- Magnum Tokyo Workshop Participant, Reminders Project Stronghold Group Photography Show, March 2013
- ‘Why are We Expats?’ Feature Story, Protojournalist, NPR November 2013 http://www.npr.org/blogs/theprotojournalist/2013/11/22/246639969/project-xpat-exploring-the-expatriate-life
- ‘Conversations’ Feature Story, Shanghai Street Stories, Shanghai October 2013 http://shanghaistreetstories.com/?p=6002
- Petty Thieves Group Photography Show, Empty Stretch, November 2013
- NEXT, Corcoran Gallery, April-May 2013, http://emptystretch.com/2013/11/petty-thieves-three-projection-announcement/
- ReCAP, Group Photography Show, Corcoran Gallery of Art, April 2013,
- Second to None: The Legend of Stanton Elementary, Solo Photography Show, THEARC Gallery, March 2013, http://secondtonone.claryestes.com/community-engagement-photography-show-at-thearc/ and http://www.thearcdc.org/events/one-night-silent-art-auction-0
- This Is Not a Photo Group Show, Gallery 31 2012, http://www.corcoran.org/exhibitions/past/not-photo
- Convergence Group Show, Corcoran Gallery 2012
- THEARC Group Photography Show, THEARC Theater, Washington DC 2012
- Capital Cocktails, Book Photographer, The Hour Shop 2011-2012, http://www.amazon.com/Capitol-Cocktails-Victoria-Vergason/dp/1300051833/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1347726589&sr=8-1&keywords=capitol+cocktails
- Washington Post Lifestyles, Photographer, The Hour Shop and Washington Post 2012
- Whitesburg Mural Project Artists, Whitesburg Tourism Commission 2011
- Red Sun, Photographic Exhibition, Hopewell Museum 2010 Read Less
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