Larry Fink Portrait

Biography

Larry Fink is a professional photographer of 45 years. He has had one man shows at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Art, the Musee de la Lausanne Photographie in Belgium, and the Musee de l’Elysee in Switzerland, amongst others. He shows in galleries regularly in New York, Los Angeles, and Paris, France. Along with two John Simon Guggenheim Fellowships in 1976 and 1979, and two National Endowment for the Arts, Individual Photography Fellowships in 1978 and 1986, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the College for Creative Studies, College of Art and Design, Detroit, 2002.

“Fink’s photographs provide the opportunity to study a gesture, a smile, a surreptitious glance, even the sweat on an arm or a wrinkle of skin – comprising a kind of desire, sensuality, disappointment, or ennui. They record the tension between one’s keenly felt public identity and the inner exigencies of the emotional psyche.”
His commercial work includes advertising campaigns for Smirnoff, Bacardi, and Cunard Lines (Q.E.2). His work has appeared in top publications such as Vanity Fair, W, GQ, Detour, The New York Times Magazine, and The New Yorker. He has been teaching for the past 41 years, the last 16 years as a professor of photography at Bard College.

More recently, in 2007, Larry has had several shows; “Larry Fink and George Grosz” at the Heckscher Museum in Long Island, “Somewhere There’s Music” at the Gallery Forni in Milan, Italy, “Somewhere There’s Music” at the Museo de la Rosse in Bologna and the Museo Alinari in Florence, Italy and “Logging, The Olympic Peninsula” at the Lorenselli Arte Gallery in Milan, Italy. He also co-curated a show on Lisette Model and her influence on the world of photography for the Aperture Foundation that opened in September 2007. At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Larry photographed an interactive exhibition where the images of the evening were projected on the wall in real time in the Temple of Dendur. In February 2008, at Princeton University, he exhibited a mini study of poverty in America entitled “Diminishing Returns”. Larry was commissioned by Vanity Fair to cover the 2008 political trail of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and John McCain. These photographs were shown at the Pace/MacGill Gallery in New York and at the Robert Klein Gallery in the Fall of 2008. His latest project, photographing the Orpheus Orchestra is currently at Lafayette College through May, 2009. Download Full Bio

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