Larry Fink (American, b. 1941)

Fink is best known for black-and-white images of people at parties. He has been on the faculty of Bard College since 1986, but also taught at Yale University School of Art, Cooper Union School of Art and Architecture, Parsons School of Design, and New York University. Identifying himself as a Marxist, Fink published Social Graces, a series of photographs from the 1970s that contrasted wealthy New Yorkers at fashionable clubs alongside working-class people from rural Pennsylvania. It became a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in 1979 and a book in 1984.

Fink was the recipient of two Guggenheim Fellowships, two National Endowment for the Arts Individual Photography Fellowships, the Lucie Award for Documentary Photography in 2017, and the International Center for Photography Infinity Award for Lifetime Fine Art Photography. He has published several other books recently including on Warhol and The Beats. His work still utilizes events with many people, abrupt framing and cropping, and slanted angles, often denying the viewer easy resolution.