Larry Fink

"In a commercial culture, imagination is the last element to be nurtured. I try to give students the courage to exercise and enjoy the pleasure of their imagination."

"Larry Fink's photographs are like the stage in a darkened theater. His hand-held flash splendidly illuminates the details of the drama before us and reveals the nuance of the personal moment," wrote Susan Kismaric, associate curator, Museum of Modern Art. Larry has been photographing for almost fifty-one years and teaching for forty-one. He has received two Guggenheim fellowships and two National Endowment for the Arts grants. He has had one-man exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. A major retrospective of his work was on tour in Europe for almost ten years visiting more museums than it is possible to mention. He recently had a show at Camerawork in Berlin and opening this month is a show at the Stephen Cohen Gallery in LA. In 1984, Aperture published a book of his work, Social Graces. A new edition of this classic book was published in 2001 by powerHouse Books, who has also published two other monographs of Larry's work, Boxing and Runway, and a catalog published in 2004, Forbidden Pictures, 7/19/01 which was a political satire prompted by the GW Bush Regime.

In 2005, Phaidon Press published Larry Fink by Laurie Dahlberg. A new book was just published by Damiani Editore entitled Somewhere There's Music. It is a compliation of 50 years of images from the book at Villa delle Rose in Bolonga, Italy. There are two Somewhere There's Music shows coming up in Italy. The first is in April 2007 at Galleria Forni in Milan. The second is from June 21 to September 9, 2007 at Museo Alinari in Florence. Another recent book release is a collection of praying mantis entitled Primal Elegance published by Lodima Press. He has taught at Yale University, Cooper Union, and the New School and has conducted numerous workshops in the United States and Europe. Since 1988 he has been a professor of photography at Bard. In addition to his personal photography and his teaching, he has photographed for an international array of publications including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and Rolling Stone and has shot a ds for Adidas, Nike, Gucci, MasterCard, Cunard, and Chivas.

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