Larry Clark directed the films Kids (1995) and Ken Park (2002), which were both written by Harmony Korine.

The following biography originally appeared on Iconoclast USA.

Larry Clark was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on January 19, 1943. Whether one regards Clark’s films as a tragic reflection of the state of disenfranchised youth, or exploitative trash that actually encourages the questionable behavior he claims to spotlight, Larry Clark has forced an entire generation to pause and consider their relationships to each other. He is an artist who readily admits to his sometimes-dangerous youth serving as inspiration for his often-disturbing ventures into the world of teenage sex, violence, and drug abuse. A photographer long before he moved into filmmaking, Clark documented his youth in black and white stills, published in 1971 as the portfolio Tulsa. In 1983, he released the luridly-titled photo collection Teenage Lust, which contained graphic depictions of incest, violence and drug abuse. Clark moved into motion pictures in 1995 with the highly controversial Kids. The film was penned by nineteen-year-old Harmony Korine and depicted the daily lives of New York City teenage skateboarders. Drawing equal measures of praise and criticism for its unflinching portrayal of amoral urban teens, Kids sent the nation’s parents into a frenzy of paranoia. Larry Clark’s photographs have been exhibited internationally including exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. He has continued to direct films including Ken Park (2002), Another Day in Paradise (1998), Bully (2001) and Wassup Rockers (2006).

Larry Clark's offical website can be found here.




Larry Clark