June 12th, 2015

LOOK3 2015: Larry Fink on Experience, Empathy, and Being “Stuck” with a Successful Career

Photographer Larry Fink appeared on the main stage of the LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph last night for a freewheeling conversation with his friend, author Donald Antrim. Fink talked frankly about his formative experiences, the evolution of his motivations and his work, and the path of his illustrious career. It all added up to plenty of practical advice about how to approach subjects, follow your instincts, and make good photographs.

Fink’s career, spanning more than 55 years, has included shows at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and other museums. He has published several monographs, including Social Graces (Aperture, 1984) and, most recently, The Beats (powerHouse, 2014), a retrospective of his earliest work from 1958. Fink is perhaps best known for his unflinching black-and-white photographs of society parties for Vanity Fair, W, GQ and other magazines. His work is delicious visual eavesdropping: It reveals the emotion and human interaction roiling below the surface of polite manners and social grace.

Fink told a packed house at Charlottesville’s Paramount Theater,  “I’ve photographed everything. Nothing was beneath me or above me. I’m just alive. I’m just hungry, hungry to experience, and the camera can translate these experiences in certain ways other things can’t.

“The idea is, is it possible for me…to make a picture that somehow or another assimilates that experience, and then has the miraculous transference to be able to be understood by many others?” Fink said. “How do I enter into you [the subject], pull you through me, clicking all the way, so that we merge inside? And that’s empathy on the deepest, primary level.”
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May 21st, 2012

LOOK3 Festival Announces Roster for Master Talks, Evening Projections

 

©David Doubilet. Penguins near Danko Island, Antarctic Penninsula. (Courtesy of the artist)

Photographers scheduled to talk about their work and careers as part of the Master Talks series at this year’s LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph will include Lynsey Addario, Ernesto Bazan, Camille Seaman, Bruce Gilden, Robin Schwartz, and Hank Willis Thomas, festival organizers have announced.

The festival will take place June 7, 8 and 9 in Charlottesville, Virginia.  LOOK3 bills itself as a celebration of photography, where attendees and featured artists can share images, ideas and inspiration over three days and nights.

Other recent additions to the schedule include renowned underwater photographer David Doubilet, who will give a pre-show lecture about his work on the evening of June 6. Doubilet’s images will be displayed on banners along the pedestrian mall in downtown Charlottesville.

Evening projections on June 8 and 9 will showcase works by more than three dozen photojournalists and artists, including Todd Hido, Moises Saman. Steve Winter, Arlene Gottfried, and Beth Dow, to name just a few of the established professionals. The work of several emerging photographers will also be part of the projections.

As previously announced by LOOK3 organizers, this year’s event will feature on-stage interviews with Alex Webb, Donna Ferrato and Stanley Greene. They will discuss their influences, processes, and inspiration in three separate present4ations.

In addition, several photographers will teach two-day master classes during the festival. They include Bazan, Addario and Thomas, as well as  Eugene Richards, David Alan Harvey, Maggie Steber, Brian Storm and Julieanne Kost.

The guest curators of this year’s LOOK3 program David Griffin, visuals editor of The Washington Post, and photographer Vincent J. Musi.

General admission passes for all of the events (except master classes) cost $145, or $75 for students. A premium pass (called The Big Love Pass) costs $450, and entitles pass holders to reserved seating at the on-stage interviews, master talks, and projections. Big Love Pass holders will also have a chance to meet all presenting photographers at a special reception on June 8.

Additional information about the festival is available at the LOOK3 Web site.