****VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED**** LARRY CLARK
KIDS A FILM BY LARRY CLARK PART 4 OF 5
Larry Clark (born 1 January 1943 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is an American film director, photographer, writer and film producer who is most well known for the movie Kids. His most common subject is youth on the fringe of society who casually engage in underage drug use, violence or sex and who are part of a subculture like punk or skateboarding that "accepts" these activities. As adolescence is the most vulnerable time in life, Clark intends for his exposure of these teenage social taboos to be jumping-off points for popular dialogue, not only to be of shock value.
In his youth, Clark learned photography from his mother, a baby photographer. He began shooting amphetamines with friends when he was 16. After he attended the Layton School of Art in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and was drafted to serve in the Vietnam War, he published 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. It included his family photos, more teenage drug use and young male hustlers in Times Square, New York City.
After publishing other groundbreaking photographic collections, Clark met young writer Harmony Korine in New York. Together they worked on the screenplay for Kids. His first feature film was released to both controversy and widespread critical acclaim in 1995.
Larry Clark is represented by Simon Lee Gallery, London, UK.