Larry Clark (American, born January 19, 1943) is a photographer and filmmaker who was born in Tulsa, OK. His mother was a baby photographer, and he picked up the family business at an early age. In his teenage years, Clark started to take pictures of his friends doing drugs, marking the start of what would become his signature photographs of teenagers engaged in drug use and sexual activities. Clark attended the Layton School of Art in Milwaukee, WI.

In 1964, the artist moved to New York, NY, and started to take freelance photography jobs. However, he was soon drafted into the military during the Vietnam War. Clark served from 1964 to 1966, and then returned to Tulsa. In 1971, he published his first book of photography, Tulsa, which documented his friends' use of drugs in black and white. In 1973, he received a Photographers' Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He also received the Photographers' Grant from the Creative Arts Public Service in 1980. In 1993, Clark directed Chris Isaak's Solitary Man music video. In 1995, he released his first film, Kids, which was controversial, as it depicted children as young as 12 drinking alcohol and doing drugs. Kids, and a photo series called Skaters, both featured the skateboarding subculture of the early 1990s. In 2002, he released Ken Park, which featured actors portraying underage characters engaging in sexual activities. The film was banned in Australia, and was not widely released in the United States.

In 2005, Clark was awarded the International Photography Lucie Award for Achievement in Documentary Photography. He has won prizes at the Cognac Festival du Film Policier for Another Day in Paradise and at the Stockholm Film Festival for Bully. His photographs are part of many public collections, including those at the Whitney Museum of Art, in New York, and the Museum of Fine Arts, in Boston, MA. Clark has had solo exhibitions at the Galerie Urbi et Orbi in Paris, France, in 1992; at the Taka Ishii Gallery in Tokyo, Japan, in 1996; and at the International Center of Photography in New York, in 2005. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles and New York.

Timeline

1943
Born in Tulsa, OK
1961
Layton School of Art, Milwaukee, WI
1973
National Endowment for the Arts, Photographers' Fellowship
1980
Creatve Arts Public Service, Photographer's Grant
2005
International Photography Lucie Award, Achievement in Documentary Photography
Lives and works in Los Angeles and New York

Exhibitions

2011
What do you do for fun?, Simon Lee Gallery, London (solo)
2011
Untitled (Painting) and Tulsa, 1968: A Film by Larry Clark, Luring, Augustine, New York, NY
2010
Larry Clark, Kiss the Past Hello, Musee d'Art modern de la Ville de Paris, France (solo)
2009
Larry Clary Retrospective, Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland (solo)
2009
1968. The Great Innocents, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany
2008
Larry Clark: Los Angeles 2003-2006, Galerie Karl Pfefferle, 12.06. - 20.09.2008 (solo)
2008
Larry Clark: Los Angeles 2003-2006, Simon Lee Gallery, London, UK (solo)
2007
Larry Clark: Los Angeles 2003-2006, Luhring Augustine, New York, NY (solo)
2007
Teenage Lust, Preus Museum, Horten, Norway (solo)
2007
Larry Clark: Tulsa, 1963-1971, Maison Europeenne de la Photographie, Paris, France (solo)
2004–2007
Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art And Street Culture, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio; curated by Christian Strike and Aaron Rose [catalog]; travels to Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA; Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA; The Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD; The University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, FL; Fondazione La Triennale, Milan, Italy; Le Tri Postal, Lille, France
2006
Seven Documentarians: Berenice Abbott, Larry Clark, Jim Dow, Walker Evans, Danny Lyon, Gary Winogrand, and Jay Wolke," List Art Center, Providence, RI
2006
Larry Clark, Le Case d'Arte, Milan, Italy (solo)
2006
La Case d'Arte, Milan, Italy (solo)
2006
Tulsa, Smth College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA (solo)
2005
Sprüth Magers Lee, London, UK
2005
Tulsa, Galler Skastedy, Stockholm, Sweden (solo)
2005
Teenage Lust, Clamp Art, New York, NY (solo)
2005
International Center of Photography, New York, NY (solo)
2005
Tulsa, 1971, Groninger Museum, Groningen, The Netherlands (solo)
2005
International Center of Photography (ICP), New York, NY; curated Brian Wallis (solo)
2005
Larry Clark: Teenage Lust, Clamp Art, New York, NY (solo)
2005
Larry Clark, Sprüth Magers Lee, London, UK (solo)
2005
Trials and Terrors, [Untitled [KIDS], 1995 on view] curator Dominic Molon, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
2004
Punk Picasso, The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
2003
Pictures from Within: American Photographs, 1958-2002, Whitney Museum of American Art, Sondra Gilman Gallery, New York, NY
2003
punk Picasso, Luhring Augustine, New York, NY (solo)
2002
Larry Clark Is Tulsa, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH (solo)
2002
Larry Clark - William Eggleston, Zusammenhänge V, Galerie Karl Pfefferle, 12.03. - 26.04.2002
2001
Tulsa, Dowd Fine Arts Gallery, Cortland, USA (solo)
2000
Outtakes and Additions from the Permanent Collection, MOCA at the Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
1999
Larry Clark: Retrospective, Groninger Museum, Groningen, The Netherlands [catalog] (solo)
1999
Tulsa and Artist's Books, Printed Matter, New York, NY; travels to Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany (solo)
1999
Epiderm, Galerie Kamel Mennour, Paris, France (solo)
1999
Groninger Museum, Groningen, Netherlands (solo)
1998
Kids, Galleria Emi Fontana, Milan, Italy (solo)
1998
Galerie Nova Sin, Prague, Czech Republic (solo)
1998
Luhring Augustine, New York, NY (solo)
1997
Akus Gallery, Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, CT (solo)

Public Collections

Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of art, East Logan, USA
MOCA Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, USA
Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, USA
Anderson Gallery, Richmond, USA
The Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, USA
Wittliff Gallery of Southwestern & Mexican Photography, San Marcos, USA
Center for Creative Photography - University of Arizona, Tucson, USA
The Whitney Museum of American Art, USA
Inhotim Centro de Arte Contemporânea, Brumadinho, Brazil
National Gallery of Canada - Musée des beaux-arts de Canada, Ottawa, Canada
Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
Maison Européen de la Photographie, Paris, France
FRAC-Collection Aquitaine, France
Pinakothek Der Moderne, Munich, Germany
Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy
Fondazione Querini Stampalia ONLUS, Venice, Italy
Preus Museum, Horton, Norway
Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland

Literature

2003
“punk Picasso,” Roth Horowitz
1995
“KIDS,” Grove Press
1993
“The Perfect Childhood,” Scalo, Zurich
1992
Larry Clark 1992,” Thea Westreich, New York & Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne
1983
“Teenage Lust,” self-published
1971
"Tulsa,” Lustrum Press, New York