i know a story that no one’s ever told
December 2, 2013
I always wished I could be a painter or a filmmaker,
anything but a fucking photographer.
I certainly didn’t want to be in a photography gallery.
The work all comes from a psychological need.
See the images that I make… It’s really a psychological need.
I’m just jerked around by it. I’m pulled by it.
[Eugene Smith] was always writing these diatribes about truth,
and how he wanted to tell the truth, the truth, the truth.
It was a real rebel position.
It was kind of like a teenager’s position:
why can’t things be like they should be? Why can’t I do what I want?
I latched on to that philosophy.
One day I snapped, hey, you know,
I know a story that no one’s ever told, never seen, and I’ve lived it.
It’s my own story and my friends’ story.
I just happened to have my camera and be photographing my friends.
It was totally innocent; there was no purpose to the photographs.
There was a purity to them that wasn’t planned; it was realism.
At the end of the day, what I show is real life.
I tell the truth. And the truth can be shocking.
Photographs by Alessandro Simonetti
Quotes by Larry Clark