The Perfect Childhood.
Photographs and Text by Larry Clark.
D.A.P./Scalo Pulishers, New York, 1993. 192 pp., 103 color and 35 duotone illustrations, 9x11".
In The Perfect Childhood, the author of Tulsa, Teenage Lust, and 1992 gives his own candid telling of his life story in words and pictures. Clark's controversial imagery deals with true and false pictures of adolescence and the awakening of sexuality. Clark's pictures go further, not for the sake of extremism but to give an honest image of this most idealized time of life, this time of dreams, charged tensions, and bitter disappointments. The Perfect Childhood offers the first comprehensive survey of his entire work to date: an unpublished series of black-and-white photographs taken at the time of the Tulsa series, his writings while in a rehabilitation hospital, his latest video works, his acclaimed collages, and a revealing conversation between Larry Clark and Mike Kelley about their lives as young men.
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