London 8 December 2005 - 8 January 2006
Larry Clark holds a seminal position in American photography. Widely known for his treatment of teenage sexuality, violence and drug use, Clark’s contentious photographs and films are simultaneously unimaginable and unforgettable. Simon Lee is pleased to present selections from both Tulsa (1963 - 1971) published in 1972 and Teenage Lust (1963 - 1983) first published in 1983 and expanded in 1987. The trajectory of Clark’s career and often-controversial representations of American youth culture have their roots in Clark’s marginalized origins and his own early outlaw existence. Clark’s mother was a travelling baby photographer whom he assisted as a salesman and photographer. Used to having his camera by his side, Clark discovered that his friends were willing subjects for what were to become pivotal explorations into the underbelly of the American dream. Clark’s candid engagement with his milieu has seen him pursue important social issues pertaining to the construction of masculinity...