Photographer and film director Larry Clark (1943 - ), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, began taking photos of friends while still a teenager. Clark’s pictures captured his circle’s drug use, sexual activity, and general day-to-day life. His first book of photographs, Tulsa, came out in 1971, followed by Teenage Lust in 1983. He received the International Photography Lucie Award for Achievement in Documentary Photography in 2005.
Clark’s first film, Kids, about a group of drug-using, skateboarding teenagers in New York, was released in 1995 to both critical acclaim and derision. His films since include Ken Park (banned in Australia, and never widely released in the US), Another Day in Paradise, (prize-winner at the Cognac Festival du Film Policier), Bully (featured at the Stockholm Film Festival), and most recently, Marfa Girl in 2013.
This archive is a comprehensive collection of his work in all media. There are 22 vintage photo prints initialed by Clark, all printed by or under his supervision; multiple editions of his books including gallery and deluxe editions of Tulsa and Teenage Lust; posters for gallery exhibitions both in the US and abroad, as well as one-sheets and posters for his films Kids, Ken Park, Bully, Wassup Rockers, and his most recent, Marfa Girl. The archive contains film festival programs, 11 t-shirts designed and featuring images by Clark, gallery brochures, books and magazines containing features on or interviews with Clark, and audiovisual material of his film work including DVDs, VHS tapes, laserdiscs, CDs, and LPs.
The “Larry Clark Archive” is now at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University.