Lawrence Donald 'Larry' Clark is an American photographer and film director. His subject is usually the raw world of young people for whom sex, violence, alcohol and other drugs are everyday things. Well-known films are Kids (Clark's film debut from 1995) and Ken Park (2002), which he also co-wrote.
Before Clark began making films, he learned to take pictures from his mother, who was a baby photographer. He always had a camera with him and photographing the world around him was a daily routine for him. In 1959 he started experimenting with amphetamine together with friends. After high school he started studying photography at the Layton School of Art in Milwaukee. In 1964 he moved to New York, but after only two months he had to serve in military service in the Vietnam War. Clark's first book, impressed by the Vietnam War, was the photo book Tulsa (1971). It was followed by Teenage Lust (1982) and The Perfect Childhood (1992). These books have all achieved a cult status.
Clark's first film Kids, about a group of street youth, touching upon themes like drugs and HIV, was nominated for the Golden Palm. This full length feature was a logical continuation of Clark's earlier photography work, in which he recorded his friends while they were hanging out on the streets and using drugs
For his next film Another Day in Paradise (with James Woods and Melanie Griffith in the leading roles), Clark won his first film prize, the Grand Prix at the Cognac Festival du Film Policier (France). For Bully he won the Bronze Horse at the Stockholm Film Festival.