Larry Fink

Larry Fink

American photographer
Date of Birth: 11.03.1941
Country: USA

Biography of Larry Fink

Larry Fink, an iconic American photographer known for his black and white images of beatniks and party scenes, was born in 1941 in Brooklyn, New York. Coming from a politically engaged family, Fink later referred to himself as a Marxist from Long Island. He studied at the New School for Social Research in New York, where he was mentored by the highly respected photographer Lisette Model.

In 1986, Fink began teaching at Bard College, following earlier teaching positions at the Yale University School of Art in the late 1970s and the Cooper Union School of Art from 1978 to 1983. He also taught at Parsons School of Design and New York University. Fink's photographs of beatniks, which he was deeply passionate about at the beginning of his career, continue to be widely recognized and respected today.

Fink is the author of several books, including "Social Graces," a series of photographs capturing Manhattan parties and nightclubs, as well as working-class life in rural Pennsylvania during the 1970s. This series became a separate exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in 1979 and was published as a book in 1984. A reviewer from The New York Times described the series as "an exploration of social classes through the comparison of radically opposing worlds."

In 2001, Fink created a series of satirical photographs of President George W. Bush and his administration for The New York Times Magazine. Although the photographs, featuring look-alikes, were not initially published due to the tragic events of September 11, they were eventually exhibited in 2004 at the PowerHouse Gallery in New York under the title "The Forbidden Pictures: A Political Tableau."

Fink was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1976 and received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1978 and 1986. In 2002, he was honored with an honorary doctorate from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. Fink's solo exhibitions have been held in numerous museums and galleries in the United States and Italy.

Larry Fink is the author of several books, including "Boxing," "Runway," "Social Graces," and "The Forbidden Pictures." His work has been featured in publications such as The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Time-Life Book, The New York Times, Art in America, Vogue, The Village Voice, GQ, and others.