United States of America born 1943
[T6 from Tulsa series] 1963 Description: Portrait of man in a car
Collection Title: the portfolio Tulsa
Creation Notes: Date information from Caroline Burghardt (firstname.lastname@example.org), 28 June 2016. printed 1980
Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph
Clark studied photography before being drafted to serve in Vietnam from 1964 and 1966. On his return, aimless and traumatised, he documented the lives his friends on visits to his home town of Tulsa, Oklahoma in the Midwest. This body of work, published in 1971, was a radical break with the humanist photojournalist tradition which had distanced itself from the darker aspects of life. His anti-aesthetic, in-your-face approach—seemingly random croppings, grainy and unspotted prints from dusty negatives—is a sophisticated strategy, adding urgency and even an edgy beauty to this environment dominated by amphetamine abuse, sex, guns, cars, and tragedy.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra