Renowned photographer Bob Carlos Clarke, who killed himself three years ago aged 55, is portrayed as a ‘troubled genius’ in a book to be published in May.

‘Bob Carlos Clarke was one of the most controversial photographers of his generation,’ said a spokesman for the book’s publisher Ebury Press.

‘Many experts believe him to be among the greatest unsung artistic talents of his generation. But he was also his own worst enemy, a troubled genius beset by self-doubt and prone to bad decisions.’

Written by Simon Garfield, the book combines interviews with Carlos Clarke, his widow Lindsey, daughter Scarlett and the photographer’s agent, Ghislain Pascal.

Carlos Clarke worked in many areas of photography including fashion, advertising and photojournalism.

The photographer’s untimely death stunned the photographic world.

He died from multiple injuries after being hit by a Waterloo-bound train at the White Hart Lane level-crossing at Barnes in South-West London on 25 March 2006.

An inquest heard that he ‘took his own life’.

Before he died the photographer had been a patient at The Priory hospital in Roehampton where he was understood to have been undergoing treatment for clinical depression.

Shortly after his death, his family set up a foundation in memory of the photographer with the aim of supporting ‘young photographers’.

Among many paying tribute to the photographer was his friend, the chef Marco Pierre White.

Exposure: The Unusual Life and Violent Death of Bob Carlos Clarke is published on 14 May, priced £18.99