TULSA, OK is now available!
Pre-order now THE SECOND of only 50 Limited Special Edition collector’s copies!
Signed by the author and numbered 2 of 50, it includes a print of the cover photograph, also signed by the artist and numbered 2 of 50.
The photograph is printed on 8x10” / 20x25 cm museum-quality acid-free paper.
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TULSA, OK Special Edition 2/50
Exactly fifty years after Larry Clark’s TULSA first came out (it was published in 1971 by Ralph Gibson through his Lustrum Press imprint), Victor d’Allant returns to Oklahoma and revisits this seminal work, one that quickly became a reference book in documentary photography.
A visual anthropologist born in Paris and currently living in San Francisco, Victor d’Allant interviewed all his sitters before taking his camera out. In this book, he shares their stories along with their pictures. The result: a vision of the U.S. that’s both realistic and heartbreaking.
In her honest and sometimes brutal introduction, TULSA, NOT OK, Julie Winter, a Tulsa-based Latina drug dealer (and single mother of two), writes: “So this is TULSA, OK. The inner workings of a town that can only be sated by alcohol, drugs, sex, violence, church and hopelessness. These women, I know them all, because I am them. I introduced most of them to this photographer — Victor d’Allant. He asked me to give him a real experience of the Flyover States. I served it to him on a silver tray — with little white lines of cocaine. Then he took pictures.
Many subjects in both Larry’s and Victor’s books are pretty much naked, as if they both felt that their sitters were trying to display some human softness in this awful universe. But in truth, I think it’s a clever way for the artists to show what would be hidden underneath clothes: cuttings made in desperation, tattoos ordered during some drunken whim, flesh damaged by too many pregnancies, ...
In Tulsa, 'nudity shows the fragility of life and the difficulty of survival,’ Victor told me one night as I was trying to fall asleep. An outsider looking in.
He knew that Tulsa had gone through many episodes of racial killings. The worst was in 1921, exactly 50 years before Larry published his book and 100 years before Victor published his. Because of one more “fake news” report about a black shoeshiner and a white elevator girl (as they were called in those days), a white mob descended on Greenwood, the neighborhood often called “Black Wall Street” because of its relative wealth.
So I took Victor to the small streets and back alleys around Tulsa’s newly renovated arts district, along Brady Street. That’s where he took many of these photographs. This is the heart of Tulsa on a Friday night. That street was originally named after Wyatt Tate Brady, a Tulsa founder who was also a Ku Klux Klan member (of course) and played a role in the Greenwood riots. Years later, the City Council voted to rename it for Mathew Brady, the Civil War photographer best known for his portraits of soldiers. Either way, it seemed like the right starting point for a French visual anthropologist hoping to capture the innocent victims of this new deadly conflict. Remember, it’s Tulsa. And it’s not OK.”
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PHOTOGRAPHS & TEXT
[Founder, VOID Design]
[Winner, World Press Photo]
MAS Matbaa, Istanbul
77 b&w / 40 color photos
160 pages 23 x 30 cm / 9 x 11.8”
Printed on GardaMatt Ultra 170 gsm