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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.
  • Photojournalist in Residence
    Lijiang Studio — Lijiang, China
  • Artist in Residence
    IFChina Original Studios — Jian, China
  • Photographer 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-Masters Photojournalism Fellow, Nagoya University, March 2015
M.A. New Media Photojournalism, Corcoran College of Art and Design, May 2013
B.A. International Studies, University of Kentucky, May 2010

Skills
• Organizational
Ability to conduct research, manage and lead business initiatives and cond… Read More
Education
Post-Masters Photojournalism Fellow, Nagoya University, March 2015
M.A. New Media Photojournalism, Corcoran College of Art and Design, May 2013
B.A. International Studies, University of Kentucky, May 2010

Skills
• Organizational
Ability to conduct research, manage and lead business initiatives and conduct daily administrative duties such as data entry, budgeting, client 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 external funders, visitors and business contacts at all levels.

• Computer
Ability to use Macintosh, PC, with Windows, Mac OSX and Linux. High proficiency in Final Cut and Adobe Creative Suite, including After Effects, Photoshop, Lightroom, Audition, Indesign, Illustrator and Bridge. Proficiency in interactive media software such as Korsakow, Zeega and MapBox. Proficiency in Keynote, Microsoft Office, Adobe Office, Arduino, Processing Photo Mechanic, Transmit, Fetch, Neo Office. Proficient in HTLM and CSS, with past experience writing C++ code for Data Acquisition systems.

• Artistic
Extensive knowledge of digital and analogue photography production. Proficiency in illustration, composition and design ranging from hand drawn designs to printmaking and letterpress. Proficiency in wet printing for photography (both stills and moving image), including shooting film or digital, film scanning, archiving and image toning and editing.
• Language
Native Fluency in English. Conversational and Business proficiency in Japanese. Conversational skills in Japanese Sign Language. Conversational skills in Mandarin, Chinese.

Residencies
• CaochungDi Workstation, Photography Residency, May 2009-June 2009
• IFChina Original Studios, Photojournalism Residency, June 2013-November 2013
• Lijiang Studio, Photojournalism Residency, August 2014
• Hopscotch House Residency, Writing Residency, September 2014
Awards
• Ishibashi Zaidan Fellowship Award, Awarded June 2012, Effective April 2013-March 2015
• Graduate Fellowship Award, Corcoran College of Art and Design, May 2012
• Polly Logan Award for Women in the Arts, Corcoran Women’s Association, March 2012
• Dean’s Award, Corcoran College of Art and Design, May 2011
Exhibitions
• Transformations Gallery Exhibition, Pyro Gallery, Louisville KY, May 2014, http://pyrogallery.com/pages/transformations
• Magnum Post-Workshop Exhibition, Reminders Project Stronghold Group Photography Exhibition, March 2014, https://www.magnumphotos.com/C.aspx?VP3=CMS3&VF=MAXO31_3&VBID=2K1HZOQ8FXVXVX&IID=2K1HRGD1VYPB&PN=1 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cIE8CBhLpA
• Petty Thieves Group Photography Exhibition, Empty Stretch, November 2013, http://emptystretch.com/2013/11/petty-thieves-three-projection-announcement/
• NEXT 2013 Exhibition, Group Art Exhibition, Corcoran Gallery, April-May 2013, http://www2.corcoran.org/next2013/
• ReCAP Exhibition, Group Photography Exhibition, Corcoran Gallery of Art, April 2013
• Second to None: The Legend of Stanton Elementary Exhibition, Solo Photography Exhibition, 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 Exhibition, Gallery 31, November 2012, http://www.corcoran.org/exhibitions/past/not-photo
• Convergence Group Exhibition, Corcoran Gallery, May 2012
• THEARC Group Photography Exhibition, THEARC Theater, Washington DC, May 2012
• Whitesburg Mural Project Artists, Whitesburg Tourism Commission 2011
• Red Sun Exhibition, Photographic Exhibition, Hopewell Museum 2010

Publications
• Rooster Global News Network, ‘SERIES: FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION | The Sprayed Streets of Baltimore’ Documentary Short, September 2014 http://www.roostergnn.com/2014/09/15/series-freedom-expression-sprayed-streets-baltimore-3/131988/
• The Photo Brigade, ‘In My Bag’ July 2014 http://thephotobrigade.com/2014/07/in-my-bag-by-clary-estes/#more-23067
• The Photo Brigade, ‘Second to None, the Legend of Stanton Elementary’ Documentary Project, June 2014 http://thephotobrigade.com/2014/06/second-to-none-the-legend-of-stanton-elementary-by-clary-estes/
• Rooster Global News Network, ‘Country Boy Art’ Documentary Short, June 2014 http://roostergnn.com/2014/06/25/country-boy-art/130246/
• Rooster Global News Network, ‘A Passion for the East Kentucky Banjo’ Documentary Short, June 2014 http://roostergnn.com/2014/06/05/a-passion-for-the-east-kentucky-banjo/127790/
• Photophilanthropy Student Final Round Finalist, ‘Second to None’ Photo Essay, March 2014, http://photophilanthropy.org/gallery-posts/second-to-none-the-legend-of-stanton-elementary/
• Photophilanthropy Professional Feature, ‘Left Behind’ Photo Essay, http://photophilanthropy.org/gallery-posts/left-behind/, March 2014
• Invisible Photographers Asia, ‘Left Behind’ Photo Essay, December 2013, http://invisiblephotographer.asia/2013/12/07/photoessay-leftbehind-claryestes/
• '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
• Global Voices Japan, Global Voices June 2013, http://www.glovoices.com/?p=5754
• 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 Read Less
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