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Larry Fink (Phaidon)

Hardcover: 128 pages
Publisher: Phaidon Press; 1ST edition (May 1, 2005)
Language: English

Born in 1941, Larry Fink was a disaffected teenager in 1950s America on the cusp of radical social change. His career as a photographer began to flourish at art school. He spent the 1960s watching and learning from the prominent photographers of the time: Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank, W. Eugene Smith. In many ways, his photographic aesthetic and rebellious spirit encapsulate the dramatic loss of innocence that the US underwent after the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963.

Through his mother, he met Lisette Model, who would become his photographic mentor. Fink's work draws heavily on the European tradition of photography of Brassai and Kertesz and of the painters Georg Grosz and Otto Dix. Like these artists, Fink saught inspiration in what he considered a grotesque and sensuous theatre of life. Characteristic of his acutely perceptive outlook is the central subject of his imagery: the human body in action. Like Weegee before him, Fink was an interactive photographer, always ready witness to everyday drama.

Always keen to infuse his photographs with social commentary, Fink would pursue socially and politically contentious imagery for the rest of his life, such as in the Black Ties series and the Martin's Creek series. He currently teaches photography at Bard College in New York where he has been teaching since 1994. This monograph on Fink provides a fresh, elegantly produced introduction to one of the leading figures in photography today.

This is the first and only book to assess the entirety of Fink's 40-year career as a photographer. It presents an introduction to the work of Larry Fink, documenting the development of his photography through a chronologically presented sequence of 55 images. The introductory essay provides a fresh perspective on Fink's life and work, and places him in the context of his time and within the history of photography.

The picture by picture commentary offers deep insight into individual works. Fink is the recipient of some of the most important awards and fellowships in photography and has had solo exhibitions devoted to his work at the Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The San Francisco Museum of Art and the Kunstmuseum Dusseldorf.


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