Black and white photograph
29.06.06 | 28.08.06
Untiltled (Serie Tulsa)
Larry Clark is regarded as one of the most important and influential American photographers of his generation. He is known for both his raw and contentious photographs and controversial films focusing on teen sexuality, violence and drug use (Kids, 1995) Clark burst into public consciousness with his landmark book Tulsa in 1971 and has continued to use photography to explore urgent social issues pertaining to youth culture. In particular, he is interested in investigating the perils and vulnerabilities of adolescent masculinity, which he often explores from an autobiographical perspective. Tulsa is infact the name of his hometown where the very young artist started photographing friends who were taking drugs. The book includes beautiful black and white photographs shot between 1963 and 1971 and traces the course of three young people who pass from idealism and ecstasy to paranoia and the trauma of a generation of the Midwest of a disillusioned America due to the Vietnam war. In all of his work Clark follows a course of correlated themes: deconstruction of family relations, masculinity, the source of violence, the relation between the collective unconsciousness and social behaviour and the construction of identity during adolescence. Such research is found in a production, that has frequently shocked the public where violence, sexuality and drugs are rather explicit.
Larry Clark is regarded as one of the most important and influential American photographers of his generation. He is known for both his raw and contentious photographs
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