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The Beats and The Vanities,
Larry Fink

29TH MARCH - 30TH JULY 2017


The exhibition showcased two collections of images, The Beats and The Vanities, displayed together for the first time and comprising 125 original black and white photographs.Part of the beat movement himself, Larry Fink perfectly portrayed the sense of romance and rebellion that characterized the underground jazz-fueled youth movement of the time. The type of empathy his beat photography displayed would later make him, perhaps counter-intuitively, the perfect photographer to capture the glamour of the Hollywood party scene.


Larry Fink was born in Brooklyn and grew up in a progressive and politically active family. He cut his teeth as a photographer as part of the late beat generation, when he hooked up with a group of beats when aged 17. Living in the basement of the Sullivan Street Playhouse, next door to the famous Village Gate jazz club, the soundtrack to his life was provided by live sessions by the likes of John Coltrane, Art Blakey and Charles Mingus.

While attending protests against the Vietnam War and marching on student campuses, Larry was nevertheless always an observer, documenting the times through his medium-format camera. His pictures from then are a wonderful time capsule.


The exhibition comprised 125 original black and white photographs – 54 from Fink's book The Beats, and 71 from his book The Vanities – making it a unique opportunity to gain special insight into the photographer's idiosyncratic vision.


An exclusive look at the inauguration of “The Beats and The Vanities, Larry Fink”, the photographic exhibition depicting the Beat Generation and Hollywood parties.




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