More About Larry Fink


From Larry Fink's series, The Forbidden Pictures

Over the past four years ONWARD has had the chance to bring in some of the keenest eyes in photography to judge the entries and this year is no exception. Larry Fink’s career in photography is multifaceted and lengthy to say the least. He has been a photographer and educator of photography for over 40 years and exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; 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. He has also been awarded two Guggenheim Fellowships in 1976 and 1979. Mr. Fink’s work is also the subject of numerous books including Social Graces, Runway, Somewhere There’s Music, Boxing, and Night at the Met.

Fink’s photographs uncover unruly truths about America and offer an insider view into worlds the commoner does not necessarily have access to on a daily basis. Placing photographs of the highest Manhattan social circles starkly alongside images depicting the lives of the rural working class (as with “Social Graces”), Mr. Fink challenges the viewer to see the world through a discerning lens. His scrutinizing and political perspective has often proved controversial. Fink’s photographs from The Forbidden Pictures – a tableaux series that mocks political leaders (depicted by look-alikes) at the onset of the Bush era – found him in a tight spot. The series was set to run in the New York Times Magazine, but was subsequently cut after the 9/11 attacks just days prior. The series was then finally exhibited at Lehigh University in 2004.

We are honored to have Mr. Fink making the selections for ONWARD ‘11. His many influential years as a photographer and educator will certainly transform ONWARD ‘11 into a brilliant exhibition. For even more information about Larry Fink, please visit our ‘This Year’s Juror’ page. To see an interview with Larry Fink regarding his series, Boxing, visit Charlie Rose’s website.

1 Comment

    Hi Larry, I’m always thrilled to see your work and hear your name. Brings me back to a very magical place & time.

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