Adolescent beauty, completely uninhibited sexuality, drugs and violence – Larry Clark (b. 1943 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) radically and realistically documents the everyday life of US teenagers, transgressing bourgeois moral concepts. From the teenagers in his hometown of Tulsa in the early 1960s to contemporary skaters in Los Angeles his images expose the consequences of a dysfunctional society and question the social responsibility and moral stance of its members. As opposed to a classical photo-journalist, Larry Clark himself is a part of the scene he photographs. It seems as if he has a familiarity with the persons portrayed rather than just observing them. The artist uses a direct visual language that is both touching and disturbing and creates a fascinating dynamic between classical pictorial composition and a special choice of themes. It is here that the artist revives his own youth – each time with new protagonists. Hardly any other photographer has ever achieved the same degree of intensity, and without Larry Clark, photography would not have freed itself from the constraints of objectivity.
C/O Berlin will present for the first time in Germany approx. 200 works of Larry Clark. In addition to his series Teenage Lust and Los Angeles, as well as videos, the main focus of the monographic exhibition is on partly unpublished collages, in which the artist combines newspaper cuttings, letters, posters and other objects. C/O Berlin will issue an exclusive publication on the occasion of the exhibition. Der Tageszeitung, Tip Berlin, Der Freitag, Blow, Av Tour and Dinamix are supporting the show.