“ i was born in tulsa oklahoma in 1943.
when I was sixteen I started to shoot amphetamine.
i shot with my friends every day for three years.
once the needle goes in it never comes out.” - L.C.
The Stephen Cohen Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of black and white photographs by Larry Clark from his two groundbreaking series Tulsa and Teenage Lust. Clark’s distinguished oeuvre is centered around themes of drug-use, sex, violence and youth culture, all of which are bound to the artist’s personal experience and fascination with these subjects.
Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1943 Clark began to photograph very early in his life. His seminal photographic series Tulsa and Teenage Lust are both deeply provocative bodies of work that define Clark as an adept documenter and active participator in drug-addled fringe culture. In addition to his photographic practice, Clark is a filmmaker who has made a number of critically acclaimed films including Kids (1995), Bully (2001) and Wassup Rockers (2006). Clark’s work is regularly cited as crucial inspiration for many photographers and filmmakers working today.
In the Viewing Room is a selection of medical photographs taken by a Midwestern doctor in the 1940’s. These intense images of human frailty thoroughly arrest ones attention.