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"Staggering, poignant, raw, compassionate, and utterly honest . . . Tulsa is a major work, almost too good . . . to be true. . . . It is an intense, visceral, wrenching statement."

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press; Second edition edition (November 30, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802137482
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802137487
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 9.2 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Angry Mofo on August 12, 2007
Format: Paperback
"Tulsa" was Larry Clark's first book of photography. It made him famous instantly. The stark black-and-white visual style proved to be highly influential, and has been cited as an inspiration by such directors as Martin Scorcese, Francis Ford Coppola, and Gus Van Sant. But perhaps more importantly, "Tulsa" was perceived as an uncommonly honest work, because Clark actually lived the life that he depicted. He was accepted by the world of marginals and drug addicts, he knew all of the characters in the book personally. And furthermore, "Tulsa" clearly shows the consequences of the marginal lifestyle, such as accidental gunshot wounds and dead babies. All this gave Clark a lot of credibility.

The book is honest, in the sense that all the photographs truthfully depict what occurred, and Clark probably didn't need to set any of them up. But nonetheless, it is very highly and deliberately stylized. In fact, most of the dramatic effect comes from the stylization, and not the immediate content of the photographs.

Let's examine how Clark does this. Consider the opening paragraph:

"i was born in tulsa oklahoma in 1943. when i was sixteen i started shooting amphetamine. i shot with my friends everyday for three years and then left town but i've gone back through the years. once the needle goes in it never comes out. L.C."

The paragraph is brilliant in its dramatic conciseness. It provides all of the context one needs to understand the photographs. At the same time, it reveals almost nothing about Clark. But this very lack of information already creates a certain sense of mystery and tension.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Chris Bray on August 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
After seeing the recent Larry Clark collection at the International Center of Photography in New York, I decided I needed this collection.

I had never experienced this side of Tulsa (the city) before. I make frequent trips there for daily outings (it's only 2 hours away), but I've never experienced the harsh reality of the meth addict lifestyle that was portrayed in this book. Of course, that was 40 years ago, times change, and the drug is more commonplace in this area now.

What I've always liked about Larry Clark's work is that it doesn't set out to glorify situations such as those portrayed in "Tulsa". It's more about cause and effect. The reality that your actions bring about some other action. Playing with guns can lead to accidental gunshot wounds. Pregnant? Shooting up may kill the baby.

The photographs here are grim, disturbing, yet beautiful. Something which isn't the subject of much glamourized photography.

I just wish his other books were re-released.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. Geller on August 2, 2005
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The collection of photographs in Larry Clark's Tulsa are undisputably one of the most important and compelling photo essays executed. The book itself, the soft cover version, was a disappointment when received. It felt more like a coloring book. Pay the extra money and buy this in hard cover.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Grain O Sand on January 20, 2010
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A very disturbing series of photographs that tells an interesting story of depraved behavior. I enjoyed the selection of photos that I saw at the Denver art museum so I ordered the whole book. I thought I knew what I was in for but some of the photos are still hard for me to look at. While there are a lot of photos that are just plain creepy there are some that are also just plain interesting and even clever. I'm glad I bought it, but I sure don't leaf through it everyday.
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I was married to one of the children depicted in this book - yes her parents were
'speed freaks' and there are 2 conflicting stories -- (1) it was a murder-suicide and (2) a bad drug deal gone wrong. Knowing both of the children involved in this, I feel for them. They went to live with an uncaring, selfish 'aunt' who did god knows what to them. Suffice it to say, hence a divorce from one of the daughters. This book is the REAL DEAL -- as my ex has the news clippings to prove it. Meth was a big deal in the south at that time; then crack took over and now meth again. It's worth reading, and getting and understanding of drugs --then and now - have an impact

BTW I am a paramedic, and my ex (who I will not ID from the book) also is a paramedic. So we seen it. Her more than me.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brian Wallace (Co-author of It's Not Your Hair) on March 23, 2005
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captivating, disturbing, alluring, haunting. This work is powerful in its capture of youthfulness at its "edgiest." If you enjoy photography that captures all of the uncensored elements of life, then this work is a must.
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By Darren Bilodeau on March 18, 2015
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one of my favorite books of all time.
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By Dante Dellaterza on November 7, 2014
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Pure genius
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