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by Larry Fink

Larry Fink secured enduring fame with the book Social Graces, which mixed images from working-class Pennsylvania with a portfolio from upper-crust Manhattan, observing manners and mores on the long, curvy couches of Studio 54 and in the chaos of Pat Sabatine's eighth birthday party, where the screen door is always just about to slam. Fink has always been interested in what high and low culture have to say to one another, and has continued to seek the best of both behind the scenes at fashion shows in Runway and in the ring with sparring fighters in Boxing.
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ISBN: 8889431563
ISBN13: 978-8889431566
Category: Photography
Subcategory: Music
Author: Larry Fink
Language: English
Publisher: Damiani (September 15, 2006)
Pages: 160 pages
ePUB size: 1448 kb
FB2 size: 1631 kb
Rating: 4.1
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The book arrived on time as promised. The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars is that it was advertised as in perfect condition and there was a tear on the jacket cover. A collector would have been annoyed, but it doesn't matter to me.
The cover of SOMEWHERE THERE'S MUSIC might lead one to think that it's yet another book of black-and-white jazz photographs. Now, even if true, that would not necessarily be a bad thing. Black-and-white jazz photographs have a seductive, atmospheric appeal. The problem, however, is that there are so many such books, and too many of the individual photographs are clichéd. Well, here's why this is NOT just another book of black-and-white jazz photographs.

Granted, Larry Fink states that "jazz players were my heroes" and more than half of the 117 photographs ARE of jazz musicians and jazz clubs. But MUSIC is Fink's muse, in all its forms. Fink's photographic subjects also include Bruce Springsteen, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Hazel Dickens, New Orleans brass bands, blues guitar, and students at the Cleveland High School of the Arts. The book illustrates well the commitment, the concentration, the labor, and the transcendent joy of musicians, not only jazz musicians.

Next, limiting one's consideration to the photographs that are of jazz musicians, very few might rightly be considered clichés. (Consider again that cover photograph: although the bass player's pose is a rather conventional image, the girl in the low-cut dress taking up two-thirds of the photo coupled with the luminescent white of the bassist's shirt transform the photograph from the ordinary to the nigh extraordinary.) Fink doesn't deal in stock situations. He sees and captures things beyond the grasp of most photographers. There is an everyday grittiness to many of these photographs, in part due to the fact that the majority are of musicians practicing or playing in private as opposed to performing in public clubs or concert halls.

Finally, what distinguishes SOMEWHERE THERE'S MUSIC is Fink's expertise -- in seeing things, in lighting and framing his photographs, and in printing them.

For the most part, the photographs are printed one per page, with spare, unobtrusive captions. Their organization is roughly chronological, ranging from 1957 (when Fink was only sixteen) to 2006. There is a two-page introduction of sorts written by Fink, and sprinkled throughout the book are about twenty quotes about making music from three of Fink's jazz friends who appear in some of the pictures. After the photographs there is an essay by George E. Panichas, which, for the greater part, is lucid and helpful.

In his essay, Panichas writes that there is a genre of photography "whose import is both aesthetic and social", and that the "great photographers" in this genre include André Kertész, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paul Strand, Robert Frank, Sebastião Salgado, and . . . Larry Fink. High praise indeed. I tend to think it justified.
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Photography has produced few prodigies in comparison to music, but the first image in Somewhere There's Music, a portrait of jazz singer Jimmy Ruffing, taken when Larry Fink was just sixteen, casts a vote in Fink's favor. Today, fifty years after Ruffing's portrait was made, Larry Fink is respected on the international photography scene with the same regard as many of his subjects are in their respective milieu: Thelonious Monk, Coleman Hawkins, Lightning Hopkins, John Coltrane and many more names well-known to jazz and popular music fans.

Released in December 2006 by the Italian publisher Damiani, Somewhere There's Music is a public as well as a private chronicle for the photographer and the musicians. In his introduction, Fink writes:"The book is not meant to be thorough, it is not comprehensive, it is peppered with favoritism...the images reflect where I have traveled, what I have seen and heard...Music, foul and growling, dark, round and tranquil, long and clear. It is for me the river of life. It feeds me on the deepest level. I wish to share with all, the majesty of being witness to sound."

Featuring over 80 duotone black and white photos, the handsomely styled hardcover edition of Somewhere There's Music also includes free-flowing quotations from musicians such as violinist Leroy Jenkins expressing his goals and visions: "I want to roam the boundaries of universal music with impunity. I want the weight of music's history, the freshness of tomorrow's expectations...I want improvisation without musical notation, as well as the mysteries of the notated page. I want the brutal beauty of our times reflected in my music. Of course my version of freedom has boundaries too. Don't want to go too far out, might lose myself. I would like to see my music on the world scene, as a rendition of the American scene, both Black and White, and all the other various colors."

In recent years, Larry Fink's use of off-camera flash has become his trademark. A pioneer of the technique, he often works with a square format, preferring to stick with film for his most important projects. A master of directing the viewer's attention through the use of diagonal composition and chiaroscuro, Fink advanced this technique in photography after studying the work of Renaissance painters such as Caravaggio. Many of his signature images found in earlier books, beginning in 1980 with Social Graces, followed by Boxing, Runway, and several other titles were made using flash. Thus the inclusion of numerous previously unpublished photographs made in the 1960's using available light brings a new appreciation to the range of his technique. A photographer's photographer, Fink remains one of the most influential teachers in the field.

Somewhere There's Music will be of interest to all jazz fans as well as anyone interested in black and white photography in the tradition of personal and empathetic reportage. Larry Fink's photographs reveal both his life and the lives of his subjects. But just as the jazz Fink loves escapes traditional musical structure, his vision and the light from his flash transcend the traditional photograph. Like a perfectly improvised piano or tenor solo, they bypass the brain and travel straight to the heart.

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