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Larry Clark is known for his honest, radical photographic investigations of adolescents in the USA. Portraying everything from their fragile beauty and sexuality, to their violence and drug-induced actions, he seeks to capture the most intimate of moments, often crossing traditional moral photographic boundaries with his realistic documentation. Clark sheds light on the youthful experimentations following a (lack of) morality in society, while exposing the outcomes of an environment filled with dysfunctionality.
Unique to Clark’s way of working is the intimacy he obtains between him and his photographic subjects, making him a fundamental part of the scene he is documenting and immersing himself in a certain situation. His work is still considered revolutionary, as it was partially Larry Clark that in fact freed photography from its ‘objective’ constraints. To this day, he is one of the only photographers who has been able to achieve an extreme level of intensity in the depiction of his subjects.
C/O Berlin is presenting approximately 200 of Clark’s works, that haven’t been displayed in Germany before. Several series, amongst them ‘Teenage Lust’ and ‘Los Angeles’, together with an array of videos and collages, will gain insight into Clark’s unique photographic career.
View GUP’s online portfolio of the 1971 series ‘Tulsa’ by Larry Clark here.