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Larry Clark retrospective sparks interest in Teenage Lust


One of the most searched for books on AbeBooks at the moment is Teenage Lust by Larry Clark, the influential photographer and filmmaker. Clark will be featured in a major retrospective called Kiss the Past Hello at Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris. The show is already stirring emotions because there is going to be an age limit on the entrance.

Teenage Lust was originally self published by Clark in 1983. The photo book documents a group of teenagers in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in a very honest and open fashion. There are more than 90 images in the book. Clark followed the teenagers and snapped everything they did, and I do mean everything. A second edition followed featuring 10 extra images. Both editions are scarce and expensive. There is also a Japanese edition.

Clark specializes in documenting youth culture, particularly sex, drugs, violence and the various sub-cultures. Teenage Lust and Clark’s earlier book, Tulsa, have influenced many people including Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and Gus Van Sant.

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