New York: AKA Editions, 2003. First edition. Quarto (8 ¾ x 11 ¼ in). 496 pp. Fine.
Signed. Item #4754
Punk Picasso is an archive of ephemera collected and photos taken by photographer Larry Clark, throughout his career from the early 1960's to the early 2000's. Named after the passage by David Denby's review of Clark's film Bully, “…as the camera wanders-grazes among naked thighs and tattooed torsos, this punk Picasso combines the multiple desires of lover, artist and voyeur…” This book, displayed in a scrapbook format, presents unpublished photographs from Tulsa and 42nd St, newspaper clippings of murders and court cases, family portraits, River Phoenix images from teen magazines, behind the scenes photographs from his film Kids and Ken Park, reviews from Clark's exhibitions, and images of vinyl records by Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, and others that act as a soundtrack to the visual memoir.
Punk Picasso is a semi-chronological documentation of Clark's life as a young adult, father, photographer, and creator. This book displays his interests and subjects that have remained present throughout his entire career: sex, drugs, rock n' roll, violence, and youth culture.