Larry Clark

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Jonathan Velasquez, Venice Beach , 2006 Pigment Print 108 X 74 Cm / 42.5 X 29.1 In © Courtesy of the artist & Galerie Karl Pfefferle
Jonathan Velasquez & Tiffany Limos , 2003 Pigment Print 108 X 74 Cm / 42.5 X 29.1 In © Courtesy of the artist & Galerie Karl Pfefferle
Untitled, from Tulsa , 1971 Group Of 14 11 X 14” Gelatin Silver Prints From The Portfolio © Courtesy of the artist & Laurence Miller Gallery
Jonathan, Louie, Eddie , 2004 Pigment Print 55.8 X 82.5 In / 141.7 X 209.6 Cm © Courtesy of the artist & Simon Lee
© Courtesy of the artist and Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris / ARC
Untitled (TL13), 1968 Black And White Photograph 27.94 X 35.56 Cm, 11 X 14 In © Courtesy the artist & Simon Lee Gallery
Installation View © Courtesy of the artist & Luhring Augustine
Untitled , 1989 Photo Collage Unique Cory Haim Collage 54.93 X 110.49 Cm, 21 5/8 X 43 1/2 In. © Courtesy of the Artist and Simon Lee
Untitled, 1963 Gelatin Silver Print 14 X 11 Inches (35.6 X 27.9 Cm) © Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York
© Courtesy of the artist & C/O Berlin
© Courtesy of the Artist and Stephen Cohen Gallery
© Courtesy of the artist & Simon Lee Hong Kong
Untitled 2 from the series Tulsa, 1963 © Larry Clark courtesy Luhring Augustine New York
Jonathan and Cindy, 2004 Pigment Print © Courtesy of the artist & Luhring Augustine
Untitled , 1970 © Larry Clark / Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine New York
© Courtesy of The Artist and Simon Lee Gallery
Adam, Marfa, TX, 2011 © Courtesy of the artist and galerie du jour agnès b.
Untitled, from the series Tulsa, 1963 Gelatin Silver Print © Courtesy of the artist & The Chrysler Museum of Art
Untitled, (10 From the Tulsa series), 1968 Photograph 11 X 14 Inches
Quick Facts
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Birth year
Lives in
New York and Los Angeles
Works in
New York and Los Angeles

Lawrence Donald Clark is an American film director, photographer, writer and film producer who is best known for the movie Kids and his photography book Tulsa. His most common subject is youth who casually engage in illegal drug use, underage sex and violence, and who are part of a subculture (such as surfing, punk rock or skateboarding).

Clark learned photography at an early age. His mother was an itinerant baby photographer, and Clark himself was enlisted in the family business from the age of 13. He was drafted to serve in the Vietnam War. His experiences there led him to publish the book Tulsa in 1971. It was a landmark work: a photo documentary illustrating his young friends' drug use in black and white. His follow-up was Teenage Lust (1983), an "autobiography" of his teen past through the images of others.

In 1993, Clark directed Chris Isaak's music video "Solitary Man". His first feature film, Kids was released to controversy and moderate critical acclaim in 1995. In both his photographic and cinematic works, Clark pursues a set of related themes: the destructiveness of dysfunctional family relationships, masculinity and the roots of violence, religious intolerance and bigotry, the links between mass imagery and social behaviors, and the construction of identity and sexuality in adolescence.

His photographs are part of public collections at several prestigious art museums including the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.


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