Larry Fink on Composition and Improvisation

The Photography Workshop Series

By Larry Fink

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7 1/2 x 10 inches 128 pages, 50 duotone and four-color images Paperback with flaps 978-1-59711-273-4 May 2014

“This sense of engagement with photography, giving it a heart and a soul and a connection to pleasure and passion, also comes across in Larry Fink on Composition and Improvisation.” - British Journal of Photography, June 2014 issue

“These highly readable and digestible books will get any photographer thinking and seeing in new ways.” - PDN, July 1, 2014

In this series, Aperture Foundation works with the world’s top photographers to distill their creative approaches, teachings, and insights on photography—offering the workshop experience in a book. Our goal is to inspire photographers of all levels who wish to improve their work, as well as readers interested in deepening their understanding of the art of photography. Each volume is introduced by a well-known student of the featured photographer.

In this book, Larry Fink—well-known for his layered pictures in social settings—explores composing photographs and improvising within a scene to create images with both feeling and meaning. Through words and photographs, he reveals insight into his own practice and discusses a wide range of creative issues, from connecting with the subject in front of the lens to shaping a vision that is authentic. Photographer Lisa Kereszi, a student of Larry Fink, provides the introduction.

Learn how to:
-Create pictures with energy that take advantage of the tension of the scene
-Maximize the frame to create sophisticated photographic compositions
-Create images that convey your vision and feelings about the subject

Larry Fink (born in Brooklyn, 1941) has been a professor at Yale University School of Art; Cooper Union School of Art and Architecture; Parsons the New School for Design; and Tyler School of Art, Temple University. Currently, he is a tenured professor of photography at Bard College. His work has been widely exhibited in the United States, including solo exhibitions at Light Gallery, New York; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and San
Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Lisa Kereszi (introduction) is a photographer and educator. She is now the director of undergraduate studies at the Yale University School of Art, where she has taught since 2004. She has published five books, including Fun and Games and Joe’s
Junk Yard. Her work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and the Brooklyn Museum, and has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s, and the New York Times Magazine.

Learning guide available for download:
Larry Fink Learning Guide
This free Learning Guide is intended to inform educators about the publication Larry Fink: On Composition and Improvisation, so they are better able to lead students of all ages in meaningful discussions surrounding its content. For more information about Apertureís educational resources contact [email protected].