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The American Dream of the 1950s and 60s of neat suburbia and the acquisition of ever-increasing numbers of possessions was fractured by more liberal Hippy culture and challenges to all forms of government and authority. The Vietnam War (1961-1975) and the continuing Cold War (1945-1991) was affecting a generation born during around the Second World War (1939-1945) who did not share the same values as their parents. Larry Clark was born in 1943 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and was a part of this group. His photographs documented his own world of male adolescents in his home town during the time of Midnight Cowboy[1] (1969) and Easy Rider[2] (1969). The films were about outsiders, drugs, male prostitution and issues that were not shown in polite society. Larry Clark saw, and participated in, this largely hidden world of sex, drugs, guns and violence - by photographing his community he discarded all artifice and showed a troubled community with blunt force. His book Tulsa,[3] which included photographs Clark had taken from 1963 onwards was autobiographical and raw - this was far from the humanistic photography of Henri Cartier-Bresson or Robert Doisneau it had was a personal view of a netherworld which society was trying, and failing, to ignore.[4]
 
Larry Clark was awarded an NEA grant on the basis of Tulsa but his next project Teenage Lust[5] would take over ten years to be published because of his own heroin addiction and a period in prison. 
  

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  1. Λ "Midnight Cowboy", (1969) - IMDB
    The film starred John Voight playing the role of Joe Buck, a naive outsider, in New York in a world full of exploitation populated by Dustin Hoffman as the sickly Ratso.
    (Accessed: 31 October 2014)
    www.imdb.com/title/tt0064665/ 
      
  2. Λ "Easy Rider", (1969) - IMDB
    Easy rider addresses two counter-culture hog-riding rebels played by Peter Fonda and Denis Hopper on a road trip through America.
    (Accessed: 31 October 2014)
    www.imdb.com/title/tt0064276/ 
      
  3. Λ Larry Clark, 1971, Tulsa, (New York: Lustrum) 
      
  4. Λ In 1968 Larry Clark shot a 16mm film Tulsa (1968, 64 min.). He took contact prints from a section of the film but little was known of the overall work until it was rediscovered in 2010. 
      
  5. Λ Larry Clark, 1983, Teenage Lust, (New York: self-published); Larry Clark, 1983, Teenage Lust, Second edition, (New York: self-published); Larry Clark, 1987, Teenage Lust, (Tokyo) 
      
 
  
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