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Special Project  Workshop 2017 •  June 29 – July 1
Larry Fink was one of the very first teachers to join TPW back in 1994, and it is a pleasure to have him  back with  on the year we celebrate our 25th anniversary.  Through almost 6 decades, he’s been documenting the changes in American society and culture, with a sharp eye, from country life in rural Pennsylvania to Manhattan exclusive parties, to Andy Warhol factory, boxing world, political movements.
We are extremely honoured to have the chance to share tis intensive workshop with him.


On the first day, there will be a portfolio review. Within reason each individual picture, will be intuitively and analytically perceived. For each photographer, I will attempt to piece together an overview of the central organic orbit of their visual thinking.
There will be a certain degree of references from throughout the history of photography to see where images fit in to the historical context.
On the end of the first day, we can discuss possible subject matter that students can involve themselves with, so as to have a continual flow of shooting throughout the whole of the workshop.
On the second day, I will take the book, On Composition and Improvisation (which is available in Italy, published by Postcart), and walk through it, image-by-image, thought-by-thought to give students a sense of my own creative enterprise.
On the third day, we will actively critique the work that has just been shot, refining and selecting from the magical solutions that people have come up with.
I am assuming that everyone works in digital, which gives us such an easy access to presently shot imagery. The miracle of electric digital photography works in our favor.
Besides working as a professional photographer for over fifty-five years, Larry Fink has had one-man shows at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of Modern Art amongst others. On the European continent, he has had one-man shows at the Musee de l’Elysee in Lausanne, Switzerland and the Musee de la Photographie in Charleroi, Belgium. Recently, in the last three years, he had a traveling retrospective shown in six different Spanish museums. He was awarded the “Best of Show” for an exhibition curated by Christian Caujolle at the Arles Festival of Photograph in France. As far as being represented in group shows, the list is longer than the eye can see. Most recently, Larry has been awarded the
2015 International Center for Photography (ICP) Infinity Award for Lifetime Fine Art Photography. He has also been awarded two John Simon Guggenheim Fellowships and two National Endowment for the Arts, Individual Photography Fellowships. He has been teaching for over fifty-two years, with professorial positions held at Yale University, Cooper Union, and lastly at Bard College, where he is an honored professor. 
Larry’s first monograph, the seminal Social Graces (Aperture, 1984) left a lasting impression in the photographic community. There have been twelve other monographs with the subject matter crossing the class barrier in unexpected ways. Two of his most recently published books were on several “Best Of” lists of the year: The Beats published by Artiere /powerhouse and Larry Fink on Composition and Improvisation published by Aperture. His most recent book is Opening the Sky, published by Stanley / Barker. As an editorial photographer, The New Yorker and Vanity Fair have been amongst a long list of accounts.
Coming early 2017, Fink On Warhol: New York Photographs of the 1960s, featuring rare photographs of Andy Warhol and his friends at the Factory interspersed with street scenes and the political atmosphere of 1960s New York. Additionally, he is currently working on a massive retrospective book to be published by the University of Texas Press. Grafiche dell’Artiere in Bologna will make the exquisite prints for the book.