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Larry Clark (American, 1943- )

During his teens, Larry Clark worked in his family's photography business in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he was born, by going door to door with his mother offering to take photos of children in their homes. In his late adolescence he became addicted to amphetamines and began photographing his world of teen-age addicts. Tulsa, the resulting book published in 1971, reflected a trend in personal journalism that began in 1955 with The Americans, Robert Frank's honest but unflattering portrayal of America. Clark's explorations of the adolescent demimonde helped create the "social documentary" style of photography. He has also produced feature-length films, including Kids and Another Day in Paradise.
- Mary Feidt

Selected Bibliography
Coke, Van Deren, and Du Pont, Diana C. Photography: Facet of Modernism; Photographs from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1986.

Coleman, A.D. "Letter from Philadelphia/New York, #18" Critical Focus. Arizona: Nazraeli Press, 1995.

Clark, Larry. Tulsa. New York: Larry Clark, 1971.


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