Be Curious – Larry Fink

From his work “Social Graces” contrasting the high-society and a rural family

Viscerality is my perceptual mode. Simply spoken, it means that I want to touch everything that I love. Hopefully my pictures are a testimony to the love of the senses. – Larry Fink

Thanks to Ibarionex and the Candid Frame #401 – MSPF: NYC Street Photography Panel, I recently had the opportunity to hear Larry Fink talk about his approach to photography and his career. He is a very metaphorical speaker and this mesmerized me as he talked about some profound ideas about being curious, showing empathy, and portraying a moment of observation.

His photography is B&W, mostly all in a square format. I would describe his images as naked truth. He not a documentary photographer though he shoots in a documentary style.

I encourage you to listen to the episode and discover more about Larry Fink through these links:

  • Larry Fink Photography
    Be sure to look through his blog. Although the last posts were in early 2013, Larry posts many images. I was especially taken by the work he did during the 2012 Presidential election time period. Many of the memes we are struggling with now during the Trump administration were already starting to rear themselves. I find the posts from May 2012 and Feburary 2012 where he covers Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich particularly relevant to today. Buttons reading “Do not trust the liberal media” were apparently already circulating in right-wing circles.
  • NY Times Interview: A Moment with Larry Fink (January 2011)
  • The Photography of Larry Fink (video on Youtube – Larry, and this link, starts around minute 26)
  • Larry Fink on Composition and Improvisation. The Photography Workshop Series, Aperture

If you, like me, like to collect and study monographs, I recommend “Social Graces” which is readily available.

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