Women Appraising One Another

The Oscar Photographs

Women Appraising One Another

printed 2005

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Larry Fink

(American, b. 1941)

Inkjet print

Image: 81.3 x 81.3 cm (32 x 32 in.); Paper: 91.4 x 91.4 cm (36 x 36 in.)

Gift of Mark Schwartz and Bettina Katz in honor of Timothy Rub 2006.190.8



Acclaimed social documentary photographer Larry Fink is best known for his revealing images of American rituals of pleasure and leisure, observing all social classes with equal interest and clarity. Using a handheld camera, Fink captures an immediacy in his images that helped define a shift from formal documentary photography to a more casual examination of contemporary culture. This photograph from his Oscar Award Portfolio records a starlet’s unabashed critique of her companion. Fink’s snapshot style encourages viewers to read his photographs as neutral observations of public and private moments.

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