Oct 4, 2007

Boxing: Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, PA

Boxing: Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, PA


Larry Fink

(American, b. 1941)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 37.1 x 37.9 cm (14 5/8 x 14 15/16 in.); Paper: 50.4 x 40.4 cm (19 13/16 x 15 7/8 in.)

Gift of Friends of Photography 1998.180

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Over the past forty years, Larry Fink has photographed what Americans do for pleasure, celebration, and relaxation. Whether recording events of the social elite or the rituals of a family in rural Pennsylvania, he documents stolen moments that occur in ordinary circumstances. This tonally rich image from Fink's body of work, which focuses on the sport of boxing, gives a spectator's view of an actual match. Shooting from behind a row of seats in the balcony, Fink captured a cheering fan in the foreground who concentrates on the sparring athletes in the ring below. The dramatic lighting and crowded space add to the tension of the photograph.

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