london: larry clark archive sale

© james stone photo, new york

director larry clark [1943] gained both acclaim and notoriety with films depicting a rather dark and raw flipside of youth subcultures that seemingly revolve around drugs, sex and violence. before turning to directing movies, clark had been an avid photographer who learned the craft at an early age. it was also in his early youth that he and his friends started to experiment with drugs and began to take pictures of their hallucinatory feasts. having recently turned 71, clark found himself faced with the question of what to do with the thousands of unique prints he had accumulated over the years.

instead of gifting to museum archives, or selling at auction, he decided to distribute a large portion of his archive to the friends and fans that have played a central role, sometimes literally, in his career to date. earlier this year, thousands of his photographs were on view and for sale at home alone 2 in new york city, one of the two galleries that represents clark. and now a large wooden crate full of photos is being shipped tonthe other, simon lee gallery in london, where a one-week archive sale is to be held on jul 1-6 [tue-sat 10am-6pm + sun 12pm-5pm]. for all fans it's a pretty rare opportunity to gain access to clark's archive while also being able to snap up exemplary pieces of his work. location: simon lee gallery, 12 berkeley street [mayfair].

© james stone photo, new york