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Untitled (Man with gun)
8 1/2 x 5 3/4 in (21.3 x 14.6 cm)
Swann Galleries - New York
Courtesy of Swann Galleries (Auction, Oct 15, 2007, #2124, Lot 153)
With Clark's signature and inscription, in ink, on verso.
Larry Clark began photographing his friends in 1963, a project that resulted in his first landmark publication, "Tulsa." The book follows three young men in the Vietnam-era midwest, chronicling the extremes of human nature in pictures euphoric and desolate.
The publication shocked and challenged viewers with its raw depiction of sex, drugs, and violence.
Despite the difficult subject matter, Clark's photographs demonstrate an infallible eye for composition; the images are oddly beautiful and strikingly intimate. He drew on the bold documentary style of Robert Frank and William Klein, and in turn, influenced photographers of the late 20th century, especially Nan Goldin.
Clark's subject matter raised serious questions about American teen culture and addressed issues regarding identity, gender, sexual expression, and family dynamics.