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View of “Larry Clark,” 2013–14.

Larry Clark

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View of “Larry Clark,” 2013–14.

More than ten thousand of Larry Clark’s photographs were on view this winter in a small storefront on Forsyth Street in the Lower East Side. Clark—whose early work challenged fantasies of a wholesome postwar America with hard, often graphic images from his personal life—is represented by major galleries in New York, London, and Hong Kong. Yet, turning seventy-one and deciding he wanted to distribute a portion of his archive, he chose to do so not via private dealer-to-collector sale or auction, but on his own terms and in a way that would make it accessible to his friends—namely, those who have populated his images and films since the early 1990s. To carry out his plan, Clark gave nearly all of the 4 x 6“ and 5 x 7” color prints he made between 1992 and 2010 (images he had printed mostly at pharmacies and one-hour photo shops) to artist and actor Leo Fitzpatrick (

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