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Larry Fink: Hands On / A Passionate Life of Looking

Photographs by Larry Fink with Essays by Ash & Graydon Carter, Lucy Sante, and Yolanda Cuomo
Larry Fink

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Hardcover
Trim Size: 11 x 12.5
Page Count: 432
ISBN: 9781648230462

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Larry’s spirit and manifestos drove this project, our last book with him. He wanted to do a big retrospective; his gallerist Bene Taschen had been suggesting this for a while. Why not get the band back together (Yolanda Cuomo, Larry, and myself), I thought; later that spring, there we were at Yo’s garage studio in scenic Weehawken, looking over the hundreds of pages of miniature sequences of images, arranged by table sections by decades: 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s, 10s, even a few 20s. Larry had spent the pandemic digging deep into his archive, maybe reviewing his life (knowing some health concerns were now bearing down on him): how in the world had he photographed so much for so long, and the world knowing but a small fraction of three, maybe four bodies of work (besides his spectacular—nay brilliant—association with Grayon Carter’s Vanity Fair for a decade plus)? Yolanda could only parrot, ”I know, I know,” as those assembled in the studio—Jamie, Jonno, myself, and even Larry—walked from table side to table side, then table to table, mouths agape, stunned at the new images we were seeing, or being familiar with them, stunned at the beauty and artistry of Yo’s poetic assembly of images new to the world and those world famous.

The most creative editing sessions I have ever been part of quickly ensued, and we decided to bring in Larry’s writings (if that is the right word, probably more musings/diatribes/jazz word mind poems are probably more like it), and before we knew it, we had 432 pages of perfection. There is nothing I could have changed, or would want to change. This is the book you have now (or will soon-ish have) in your hands: it is the most perfect photo book I have ever done. With Larry’s life complete, my publishing life now is.

— Daniel Power, powerHouse Books founder and publisher

Larry Fink was a two-time National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a professor of photography at Bard College. Fink has had one man shows at The Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Art, the Musée de la Photographie in Belgium, and the Musee de l’Elysee in Switzerland, amongst others. He showed in galleries regularly in New York, Los Angeles, and Paris, France. His monographs Boxing (1998), Runway (2000), Social Graces (2001), Forbidden Pictures (2004), and The Beats (2014) were published by powerHouse Books. Fink’s work has appeared in top publications including Vanity Fair, W, GQ, Detour, New York Times Magazine, and The New Yorker.

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