I shot with my friends every day for three years and then left town, but I've gone back through the years. Once the needle goes in, it never comes out. Tulsa remains Clark's most visceral book, an insider's view of a period in the mids when he was a teenager living what he calls, without irony, "the outlaw life" — shooting up speed, having sex with his strung-out girlfriends and hanging out with his gun-toting junkie friends. Sex, drugs and violence were captured in a raw, grainy monochrome that defined the raw confessional style adopted later by Nan Goldin , Corinne Day and Antoine D'Agata. But Clark went there first, and Tulsa remains a template for all that followed, a blurring of the lines between voyeurism and intimate reportage, between honesty and exploitation. Writing about Tulsa in The Photobook Volume 1 , authors Martin Parr and Gerry Badger say that the "incessant focus on the sleazy aspect of the lives portrayed, to the exclusion of almost anything else — whether photographed from the 'inside' or not — raises concerns about exploitation and drawing the viewer into a prurient, voyeuristic relationship with the work.
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Widely considered one of the most important and influential photographers of his generation, American artist Larry Clark explores youth culture through his renowned and controversial projects. This summer Foam presents two of his earliest bodies of work, the series Tulsa and Teenage Lust Images of sex, violence and drug use permeate the series, which were both published as books. At the time of their release the works created a sensation, unveiling truths about alternative youth lifestyles which were generally concealed from popular understanding.
Following the success of Tulsa , Clark was granted financing for his next project. The culmination of this second book took ten years due to his own struggles with heroin addiction and a prison sentence. The outcome, Teenage Lust , reveals a movement in interest from drug culture to sexual obsession.
Clark places himself and the lives of his friends as the background for this series and combines self-portraits and photographs from his youth with those of male prostitutes he met in Times Square in New York in the early s. The work looks at the challenges faced by young people in a culture that idealises youth whilst also violently commercialising it. Credit: 1. U ntitled 2 from the series Tulsa c Larry Clark. Courtesy Luhring Augustine New York. Follow us on Twitter AestheticaMag for the latest news in contemporary art and culture.
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Larry Clark's photographs: 'Once the needle goes in, it never comes out'
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