photograph by Emil Cohen


What is your favorite museum for photography?

I admire Foam in Amsterdam. Their commitment to cutting-edge photography is impressive, and there is always something to learn from their programming.


What helped you get through the pandemic?

Long bike rides through previously unknown parts of the five boroughs of New York City.


What was the best book you read/viewed last year?

This is a toss up. I finally read Beloved by Toni Morrison, which was amazing. I also loved Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. Having read these two books near the same time, and with ghosts in both stories, they will always be connected in my mind.


What are your favorite instagram feeds?

@whywelook @ward5b @jerrygogosian


What piece of advice would you give your younger self?

Be less timid and more bold in all pursuits!


Brian Paul Clamp is the owner and director of ClampArt, a gallery in Chelsea in New York City specializing in modern and contemporary art with an emphasis on photography. Mr. Clamp opened the gallery in 2000 after completing a Master of Arts degree in Critical Studies in Modern Art at Columbia University. For eight years prior to that Mr. Clamp served as the director of a gallery on Manhattan’s Upper East Side specializing in late 19th- and early 20th-century American paintings. Aside from exhibitions at his own gallery space, Clamp has curated numerous photography shows at various venues throughout the United States. Mr. Clamp is the author of many publications on American art to date, and also occasionally contributes written work to various art periodicals.

Brian Paul Clamp

Director, ClampArt


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