Lawrence Donald "Larry" Clark (1943) is an American film director, photographer, writer and film producer who is best known for the movie Kids and his photography book Tulsa. Clark was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He learned photography at an early age. His mother was an itinerant baby photographer, and he was enlisted in the family business from the age of 13. His first book of photographs, Tulsa, published in 1971, reproduces photos taken in the environment of young drug addicts in Tulsa, Oklahoma, living on the border and often beyond the boundaries of the law.
In this protracted diary reportage , Clark lived the life of the group without interfering and without ever separating from his camera: for this reason, these photos in black and white, often raw but always visually graduated, have a sense of truth absent from similar businesses. Tulsa has largely influenced not only American photography, but also cinema, directly quoted as an inspiration from directors such as Martin Scorsese (Taxi Driver) and Gus Van Sant (Drugstore Cowboy). His photographs are part of public collections at several prestigious art museums including the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.