(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
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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