• Dan Murphy: An Evening With Larry Fink

    Photo: Larry Fink

    Posted on December 12, 2012 by Dan Murphy

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    ……….Legendary photographer Larry Fink spoke at the Arthur Ross Gallery, University of Pennsylvania on Wednesday, November 28th – as part of the much acclaimed 9 Perspectives On a Photography Collection exhibition. The attentive crowd was regaled by a series and discussion of outstanding images from Larry’s storied professional career and young life as a photographer. The talk was intriguing, humorous, informative, and poignant leaving the listeners with smiles on their faces, some wisdom from a special artist, and fond memories that made marks in their hearts and minds.

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    Photo: Larry Fink

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    Photo: Larry Fink

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    Larry Fink’s work, virtually all black and white, covers a wide range of subjects – from politics, parties, Hollywood, fashion, sports, counter culture, and intimate family shots. Larry’s unquestionable ability to detect and capture the “photographic moment” was quite apparent. The audience was shown Larry’s exceptional photographs as a professional photographer covering high society with shots of celebrities at the Oscars and lavish Hollywood parties, legendary musicians such as John Coltrane, and even President Obama himself.

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    Larry Fink also spent some time highlighting his incredible work on boxing, shot over years in Philadelphia’s historic Blue Horizon. The images on pugilism were so striking because of Larry’s ability to capture the drama inherent in the sport – the battle between two warriors and two wills, the pain and the perseverance, the victory and defeat, against the gritty backdrop of North Philadelphia’s famous venue and the trainers, staff, and crowds swarming all over the now defunct arena.

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    Photo: Larry Fink


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    But make no mistake, Fink’s pictures were not something you would find in a standard event photographer’s portfolio. They captured the human element – emotion, drama, narrative, character, and beauty in his subjects. Larry’s gifted ability to capture the raw humanity in a beautiful way was already being articulated when he was quite young, as his early work powerfully displayed in a more bare bones way.

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    Photo: Larry Fink

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    Photo: Larry Fink

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    Photo: Larry Fink

    About The Author: Daniel Murphy is a young professional in Philadelphia and is studying digital and film photography at the University of Pennsylvania.

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    Editor’s Note: Larry Fink’s photographs are currently on display in 9 Perspectives on a Photography Collection, Arthur Ross Gallery, the University of Pennsylvania from November 10, 2012 to January 27, 2013. To learn more about Larry Fink’s Photography log on: www.LarryFinkPhotography.com