Lawrence Donald “Larry” Clark (born January 19, 1943) is an American film director, photographer, writer and film producer who is best known for the movie Kids and his photography book Tulsa. His most common subject is youth who casually engage in illegal drug use, underage sex and violence, and who are part of a subculture (such as surfing, punk rock or skateboarding).
Clark was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He learned photography at an early age. His mother was an itinerant baby photographer, and Clark himself was enlisted in the family business from the age of 13. In his mid-teens, Clark began injecting amphetamines with his friends in 1959. Always armed with a camera, from 1963 to 1971 Clark produced pictures of his drug-shooting coterie that have been described by critics as “exposing the reality of American suburban life at the fringe and for shattering long-held mythical conventions that drugs and violence were an experience solely indicative of the urban… read more
His filmography is threaded with a sense of crazed, visceral honesty. He explores the brink of adolescent experience with great power. I wish he would make more films, especially since Ken Park and Wassup Rockers failed to live up to Kids, Another Day in Paradise, and Bully.
That sentence right there is the actual proof of a director. A man's man. Totally unafraid of people's opinions or aesthetics bull-crap He goes there and the stays there. Gotta have a lot of respect for someone as ballsy as he is.