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By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

Larry Clark: How'd you find me?

New York’s David Amsden talks to photographer-filmmaker-parent terrible on the eve of a major retrospective at Manhattan’s International Center of Photography: “At its rawest and best, Clark’s work reveals a ‘Lord of the Flies’ vision of being young in America—parentless kids fending for themselves, doing what they can to deny their own existences—one that’s often a few steps ahead of the news cycle… “I don’t want to toot my own horn, because that’s stupid, but I’m just saying that I got there early… When I did ‘Tulsa,’ people thought that drugs couldn’t be happening with crew-cut kids in Oklahoma. Look now! Meth is the scourge of the Southwest! And when ‘Kids’ came out, they said it was all about Larry, that it was the fantasies of an old man. Then suddenly the news was filled with school shootings, sex, AIDS—all the headlines were what you saw in the movie!” Then, without pause: “Wait a second. Why am I even talking about this? How’d you find me? I fucking hate talking about my work.”

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