“Watching from an indiscreet distance, I felt a twinge of voyeuristic guilt mixed with a sudden, poignant recollection of my own adolescent fumblings. Above all, I sensed the thrill of an anthropologist chancing upon the bizarre mating ritual of the children of the English upper middle class.”–Bob Carlos Clarke
Bob Carlos Clarke (1950–2006) was a prolific photographer, who was best known for his striking images of women which drew comparisons to Helmut Newton. This series of Public School Balls (notoriously orgiastic parties for rich teenagers) was shot in 1994 at the Hammersmith Palais, London. Containing 33 images, the series encapsulates the abandonment of youthful innocence.
‘The Agony and The Ecstasy’ is published in an edition of 200 copies only, by Jane&Jeremy, each containing a print. Text by Max Houghton and Bob Carlos Clarke.