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Clive Barber Photography

About

About

I have always enjoyed taking and looking at photographs. My father was an avid amateur photographer and had a darkroom in the home so I suppose the interest was initially fostered by him. The first camera I remember using was probably in the mid 1960’s and might have been a Kodak Brownie Flashmite or something very similar. Throughout my school years I had a few cameras such as an Exakta, a Praktica and for a long time a Pentax Spotmatic SP500.

Becoming a professional photographer never seriously entered my mind until after I finished high school. Part of the reason was I didn’t have the confidence; I would look at magazine ads and think I wasn’t good enough. But one day I realized that I wouldn’t know unless I tried and committed myself to learning the trade. I was accepted into the 'Photographic Arts' program at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute (now called Ryerson University) in Toronto and studied there until 1981 when I accepted a full-time assistant job to an established commercial photographer in the city. 

Commercial Work

After a few years of assisting I began seeking my own assignments and slowly began building a client base. I enjoyed working in the studio and for several years the majority of my work was studio based using a large format camera. My work came predominantly through advertising agencies and design houses.  Over the years I was fortunate to shoot for a variety of clients including: Molson Brewery, Labatt Brewing Company, Coca Cola, Canada Dry, Cadbury Chocolates, Mitsubishi, Noxema and Cover Girl Make-up, Air Canada and Magna International. I shot a variety of genres such as, product, room sets, people, food, corporate, packaging and the like. Many of my images were reproduced in regional and national advertising campaigns for large corporations such as brochures, packaging, POP and internal use.

In the early 1990’s I began to concentrate more on location work and in particular industrial photography. It was not that long before I found myself traveling around North America and England photographing a range of subjects from people, product, interiors/exteriors to large machinery and production assembly line shots. This work was primarily for corporate Annual Reports.

Golf Course Photography

In 1995 an unexpected photography assignment referral came out of the blue that would be responsible for changing my focus to specifically specializing in golf course photography. To this day I do not know why I was referred, especially since I didn’t play golf and had never even visited a golf course. The first visit to a club changed everything. I arrived at this beautiful, peaceful location just prior to sunrise, got in a golf cart and set off with the aim to create golf landscape photographs. Perfect!

Professional golf photography around that time, especially in Canada, was not very common. At the same time the sport’s popularity was beginning to take off rapidly. It was the right time to enter the market at the ground level and after a lot of effort and determination, develop a reputation.

Over 20 plus years of shooting golf courses, my work has taken me across Canada, into USA, the UK and Ireland photographing some of the world’s best golf destinations and loviest areas for a variety of clients including numerous golf clubs, golf architects, golf magazines, book publishers, advertising agencies etc, etc. To everyone I worked with, thank you!

Present Photography

June 2017 - After more than 35 years as an independent working photographer I am no longer accepting any commissions.

I am slowly returning to and discovering what it means to take pictures for myself. This website is now a place to display personal photographs, but you can still find a selection of my golf course photography here.