Pat Sabatine’s Eighth Birthday Party, April 1977

Social Graces

Pat Sabatine’s Eighth Birthday Party, April 1977


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Larry Fink

(American, b. 1941)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 24.6 x 25 cm (9 11/16 x 9 13/16 in.); Paper: 35.4 x 27.6 cm (13 15/16 x 10 7/8 in.); Matted: 40.6 x 50.8 cm (16 x 20 in.)

Gift of Mark Schwartz and Bettina Katz in honor of Barbara Tannenbaum 2012.463.38


Did you know?

The artist said of his Social Graces series, “It turned out to be not necessarily kind, but certainly honest.”


Larry Fink’s method for photographing parties is quite different from that of the typical event photographer. He does not give people time to adjust their clothing or suggest flattering poses. Instead, Fink prefers to catch his subjects unaware. The Sabatine family seen here are frozen in the midst of awkward gestures, yet the densely packed image conveys the family’s energy, casualness, and closeness.

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