The notion of teen years, as its own clearly identifiable life period with indigenous rituals, behaviours and problems, is a modern concept. Presented here is a selection of nine seminal photo-books produced since the early eighties that present a compassionate and moving study of teenagers living on the fringes of society. Each book sees highly charged emotive images of first experiences entwined with a romanticised view of a world rarely seen by adults.
The photographers avoid fictionalising adolescence, revealing this idealised period time of life for what it really is and often blur the lines of observer and participator. The self-destructive teenagers are shown to be restless and vulnerable whilst dealing with the repercussions of drugs use, violence and sexual desire. In some examples the problems they face are amplified by the dysfunctional homes they come from, in others the need for adventure is what drives them to leave their homes seeking the thrill of the road.
Larry Clark in known for both his raw, contentious photographs and his controversial films that focus on teen sexuality, violence and drug use. This is the first comprehensive study of Larry Clark's work and tells his life story through a mixture of pictures and text. The book highlights the rawne ss, vulnerability, and uncertainty of adolescence, a key strain that runs throughout his work. Included are a series of unpublished black and white photographs taken from the time of the Tulsa Series, his collages and his writings while in rehabilitation.
Condition note: New, small dent to cover. Includes a signed book plate by Larry Clark
'Punk Picasso' was a name given to Larry Clark by David Denby in a review of his film 'Bully' because of his tendency to cross the lines of observer and participator. The large book displays in loose chronological order an overview of the artists' career, presenting scraps of his life from unpublished images from his earlier series Tulsa and 42nd St.; photographs from the set of his film Kids and Ken Park; clippings from reviews of exhibitions and films; correspondence; transcribed stories; portraits of skateboarders and reproductions of phonograph records that act as soundtrack to the visual narrative.
'Raised by Wolves' creates a distinct picture of adolescent life. Over the course of six years Jim Goldberg documented the lives of teenage runaways living on the streets of San Francisco and Los Angeles. The book contains a mixture of photographs, video stills, found documents, handwritten texts and interviews with the young adults, social workers and police, all laid out in the format of a scrapbook. The book presents a moving portrayal of American urban life and the elements of violence and exploitation that are apparent in those young people's lives.
In 2003 at the age of seventeen Mike Brodie was living in Pensacola, Florida, still at High school and working part time bagging groceries. He decided to visit a friend in Mobile, Alabama choosing to train hop and ride illegally. In fact he ended up getting on the wrong train and travelled for three days in the opposite direction to Jacksonville, Florida. Days later, Brodie rode the same train home, arriving back where he started. Nonetheless, it sparked something and Brodie began to wander across the U.S. by any means that were free - walking, hitch-hiking and train hopping. His photographs are of the rough and ready band of young outsiders he met whilst travelling. The soft, warm portraits reveal a romanticised and bohemian view of the transient community.
This photo-book was produced by Harmony Korine, the screen writer and director. The portraits and snapshots are of Macaulay Culkin and his then wife Rachel Miner, taken on a digital camera during the filming of Sonic Youth's music video 'Sunday'. After Korine printed the photographs the pictures were then distorted by photocopying and enlarging. The title is a play on the film 'The Good Son' which Culkin featured in 1993. 'Bad Son' opens with a disturbing poem written by Culkin in which he likens himself to the second coming. The pictures were first exhibited at the Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, in 1998, which this book was published in conjunction for.
Corrine Day's photographs were taken over the span of a decade, starting in the early nineties in London. The pictures offer an unrestrained account of Day's life and that of her close friends, presenting an honest document of adolescents with all their habits, desires, fears, and hopes. Through the book you relive the crying, the laughter, sex, heartache, drug taking and most poignantly the moment Day was first diagnosed with a brain tumour. The pictures are unflinchingly open and whilst being shocking they expose the complex and beautiful nature of life at that age.
Christiane F. began smoking weed at a church youth club in West Berlin at the age of twelve, a year later she was a heroin addict forced into prostitution to finance her drug habit. For two years Christiane F. lived a double life spending the morning as a school girl and the afternoon as a child prostitute until her mother finally forced her to start a new life in West Germany. This recount of her experiences is pieced together by two journalists who leave none of the harrowing details out; it is a shocking and compelling expose of the plight of many children in cities all over the world.
'Document Miseinen' or 'Document Teenager' depicts the life of Tokyo teenagers in the 1970's. Shot by Mikio Tobara the book is divided into three sections, the first two focus controversially on teenage sex, prostitution and smoking whilst the third looks to bosozoku, a Japanese subculture interested in motorbikes. Printed in rich gravure the contentious snapshots reveal the curious first experiences and self-destructive nature of many young adults.
Condition note: cover has sign of wear and a crease on the top right corner. Interior is in very good condition.
Streetwise tells the story of a collection of teenage runaways in Seattle, the photographs were taken at the same time Mark and her husband were producing the documentary which reveals the darker side to American life. The pictures capture not only the teenager's lives on the street but the effect this life is having on them. Through the book you meet Tiny, a thirteen year old prostitute who dreams of living on a horse farm, Rat and Mike, two sixteen year olds who skate though the halls of derelict buildings and Lulu, a nineteen year old who dies in a knife fight whilst defending a friend.