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5.0 out of 5 stars Bleak, beautiful photographs, 30 Mar 2005
This review is from: Tulsa (Paperback)
In this piece, Larry Clark chronicles the lives of several young adults addicted to amphetamines. The photographs are revealing and shocking, but never voyeuristic, as Clark at the time was 'one of them'. These wonderful photographs, which bathe their subjects in a warm light, are filled with empty stares, which reveal the bleakness of the lives that are depicted.
Larry Clark is now a creater of film, and in this work you can see him beginning to lean towards that medium by his occasional use of series of photographs, one of which depicts a young man shooting up, and then in a blurred agony, disturbingly reminiscent of Francis Bacon's paintings. Also depicted in a series is the beating of a police informant.
Clark's photographs are completely unjudging and honest, as indeed documentary photography should be. However, this is acheived without disregard for the aesthetic. There appears to be no intent to Clark's work - he doesn't appear to be advising the viewer not to do drugs, but simply offering us a chance to see the world of those whose lives have become orrientated around amphetamines.
These are some of the most powerful photographs I have ever seen (perhaps inferior to Goldin's work emotionally, but certainly more beautifully composed photographs), and if you are considering buying this, I urge you to do so. Every page is cold and terrifying, yet irrefutably beautiful...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!, 25 Jan 2008
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Brian Hamilton "brianhamilton14" (Scotland, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Tulsa (Paperback)
I just picked up a copy of this book and it is amazing. Although it is quite skimpy compared to other photography monographs I have the quality of the contents more than makes up for the lack of images.

Each photograph is a real eye-opener and one pauses for some time absorbing the content. The framing is beautiful which is a strange yet alluring contrast to the scenes of violence, squalor, drug taking and open sexuality on display.

To say the book is authentic is an understatement. I work as a police officer and have seen some harrowing scenes of domestic horror. I found myself stopping on several of the images, my eye hooked by some unknown detail or juxtaposition before realising these photographs reminded me of something I had seen at work.

I like the fact that there is no discourse on the rights and wrongs of drug taking, there is no bias, angle or agenda Clark tries to force. He simply conveys a lifestyle unknown and unimaginable to most, letting the images do the talking.

Do not expect a comfortable viewing, do no expect volumes of accompanying text (there is more written on the back cover than anywhere else), the content is a raw, visceral and unforgettable set of images that will haunt you for some time.

A definite five stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shockingly absorbing, 20 Jan 2012
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A. J. Firmin "MadMacMan" (Mancheser, UK) - See all my reviews
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A very gritty, compelling photographic document following Larry Clark's life in Tulsa in the early '70's in the drug and gun underworld in which he lived.

Its not a lot of pages, but in this case, less is most definitely more and there is a certain shock level associateed with it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good value., 13 Nov 2011
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Very low-fi printed paperback style (for an art book), which is fine by me. Very good value edition (11) means I could finally afford it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eye opener, 23 Jun 2014
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A great eye opener into what kids can get up too in boring suburbia. Its a larry clark standard to shock.
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