“Sympathy is a bourgeois emotion. Empathy is everything. You have to have fear and courage at the same time.”—Larry Fink


During this two-day workshop, photographer Larry Fink reviewed participants’ portfolios and offered individualized feedback on how to delve deeper into their work and further explore the relationships between subject and photographer, luck and happenstance, and style and meaning. At the end of the first session, Fink created an assignment related to the notion of empathy that simultaneously challenged and inspired the collective photographic spirit of the group. During the following weeks, students created images based on the assignment, then returned for a second session, where Fink led a final group critique focused on the participants’ growth in exercising empathy in their photographs.

“[This workshop was] a fantastic opportunity to spend two days with an extraordinary and genius photographer!”

“Take a class with Larry! You’ll learn a great deal in a warm, high-level atmosphere.”

“Intimate. Got to know Larry’s thinking.”

—Workshop participants

Larry Fink has been a professor at Yale University School of Art, New Haven; Cooper Union School of Art and Architecture, New York; Parsons The New School for Design, New York; and Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia. 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.



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