Pat Sabatine’s Twelfth Birthday Party, May 1981

Social Graces

Pat Sabatine’s Twelfth Birthday Party, May 1981

1981

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Larry Fink

(American, b. 1941)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 24 x 24.5 cm (9 7/16 x 9 5/8 in.); Paper: 35.4 x 27.8 cm (13 15/16 x 10 15/16 in.)

Gift of Mark Schwartz and Bettina Katz in honor of Barbara Tannenbaum 2012.463.51

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Larry Fink’s technique in Social Graces is the same, whether he is photographing in a New York City ballroom or a rural Pennsylvania kitchen.

Description

In these crowded spaces, Larry Fink often must shoot quite close to his subjects. Because the light is limited, he uses a handheld flash, which can be very harsh light. Fink softens that in printing so that the figures are set into relief rather than flattened.

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