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Fink on Warhol: New York Photographs of the 1960s by Larry Fink
Text by Kevin Moore.
A long-lost photoshoot of the Warhol tribe at the peak of its fame
Fink on Warhol collects photographs of Andy Warhol and his tribe taken within a time span of just four or five days in the spring of 1966 by Fink, working on assignment for the literary magazine East Side Review, alongside other photos of Warhol from this period. “The story was about Andy,” explained Shepard Sherbell, the magazine’s editor. “In 1966, everything was about Andy.” The East Side Review closed before Fink’s photographs ran; they are published here for the first time. “It was a larky shoot,” says Fink of the photos. “Spontaneous.”
Shooting Warhol, Ingrid Superstar, Lou Reed, John Cale, Edie Sedgwick and Gerard Malanga on the Lower East Side, Fink shared the era’s attraction to the gang’s inimitable style and charisma. In the 50 intervening years, it never dawned on Fink that the photos had never been released. “I was high all the time back then,” he says. “And I wasn’t a careerist. So I didn’t think I needed to get them published. Then this year they turn up. And everybody goes: ‘Well, look at this shit.’”
Larry Fink (born 1941), a photographer with a penchant for intriguingly composed social tableaux, is best known for the now-legendary photobook Social Graces (published in 1984), which combined images from working-class Pennsylvania with a portfolio from upper-crust Manhattan. Also an influential teacher and mentor, Fink has influenced a generation of contemporary photographers in his teaching at the Yale University School of Art, Cooper Union School of Art and Architecture, Parsons the New School for Design and Tyler School of Art, Temple University. He is currently Professor of Photography at Bard College.
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PRAISE AND REVIEWS
The New Yorker
Images beaming with funky looks and powerful subjects.
Larry Fink offers a candid view of life during the 1960s.
A beautiful and compelling photography book.
FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 5/11/2017
In 1966, Larry Fink photographed Andy Warhol and his Factory friends for a small literary magazine that went bust. The pictures were never published, and Fink thought nothing of them until just recently when they were unearthed from his archive. Also on the rediscovered rolls were incongruously political street scenes and protest photographs. All are gathered in this new monograph from Damiani. "I spent four days with Andy and the gang at The Factory and in the streets," Fink writes. "It was a lark. While Andy was everywhere, he was nowhere to be found on the political lines of protest and concern. He floated around it as if its existence was not any issue he was concerned about. So be it, the days I spent with him were ironic and in a way, fun-filled." Featured image, of Gerard Malanga and Edie Sedgwick, is "Fashion Shoot" (1966). continue to blog