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Larry Clark

Larry Clark was a renowned artist for many years before he directed his first film, Kids. His reputation as one of the most important photographers of the last 25 years was established with the publication of his seminal book, Tulsa, in 1971. Comprised of photographs Larry took of himself and his outlaw friends between 1962 and 1971, Tulsa became a worldwide cult classic upon its release. Since then, Clark has published four books and held over fifty one person exhibitions at major galleries. His work is represented in the permanent collections of, among others, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, the Guggenheim and the L.A. Museum of Contemporary Art.

Clark's art inspired a generation of photographers and filmmakers. Martin Scorcese and Gus Van Sant have acknowledged Clark's inspiration for Taxi Driver and Drugstore Cowboy. Through the assistance and encouragement of Scorcese and Van Sant, Clark was able to make Kids.

Clark's film Kids was released to overwhelming critical and box office success. Janet Maslin of The New York Times called it a wake-up call to the world and Amy Taubin of The Village Voice said it is "a masterpiece, the kind of film that pulls the ground out from under you." Clark's inspiration for ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE was the novel of the same title by Eddie Little. Clark immediately made the connection between Little"s book and his own art in Tulsa and decided to bring his vision to the big screen.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

Larry Clark Facts

BirthplaceTulsa, Oklahoma, USA

Selected Filmography

Not available.