American photographer Larry Fink works in a "snapshot aesthetic," capturing the vibrations of social interactions. Best known for his work photographing Manhattan's elite, Hollywood culture, and celebrities attending fashionable clubs, galas, and parties during the 1970s, Fink's work reaches deeper to capture a moment beyond the media's glimpse of fame or glamour. Fink shoots in a straight style, and exposes heightened emotional moments, fleeting expressions, and gestures of the visual vernacular. His black and white photographs offer a different perspective and understanding of a moment, a person, and their relationship to culture, politics, and society. Poignant and raw, Fink captures an honesty within his subjects, providing intimate glimpses of real people and the complexity of human relationships.
Larry Fink was deeply influenced by mentor and photographer, Lisette Model. She urged him in his youth to find a photographic style of his own. Fink worked alongside a generation of photographers, including Gary Winogrand, Robert Frank, and Lee Friedlander, whose approach to the medium transformed our perception of photography. Applying both familiarity and formalism to the image, these photographs portray the overlooked truths of everyday life and offer an illustrative view of the magnitude of their significance.
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Boston Museum of Fine Art, Boston
Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Los Angeles Museum of Art, Los Angeles
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Smithsonian Museum, Washington, D.C.
Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris