Hardcover with dust jacket, 192 pages, 235 x 285 mm
The Perfect Childhood combines Larry Clark's controversial photographs from the "Tulsa" and “Teenage Lust" work, as well as previously unpublished images. It continues the notorious photographer/director's fascination with the American teen through wall-to-wall photos, collages, video stills and re-photographed press clippings. The book is as raunchy and brutally straightforward as it is melancholic and affectionate. Larry Clark's work has always obsessively circled around adolescent boys, their awakening sexual drives, the enormous energies they have to harness. He confronts us with lucid images of male sexuality and its equally creative and destructive impulses. Combining pop-culture imagery with his own photographs to evoke a myth ingrained in the heart of our culture, Clark's work is a mirror for those strong enough to face the truth about growing up as a boy. The successor to "Tulsa" and "Teenage Lust" was banned from being sold in the United States, when the attorneys for its American distributor upon seeing their first copy refused to let it be imported due to the prevailing moral climate.