United States of America born 1943
[T23 from Tulsa series] 1963 Description: Father and child
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 of friends on his visits to his home town of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Clark’s pictures presented a radical break with the humanist photojournalist tradition that had preceded it. His in-your-face approach and refusal of classical composition – seemingly random cropping, grainy and unspotted prints from dusty negatives – adds the appearance of intimacy, urgency and an edgy beauty to this environment dominated by sex, amphetamine abuse and violence.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra