Minor Matters Books

Larry Fink: Kindred Spirits

Larry Fink’s first book, Social Graces, a landmark in photographic history, contrasts New York society parties with the Sabatine family, locals in the Pennsylvania farming community where Fink lives. Nearly thirty years, multiple museum shows, and one hip replacement later, he again turns his lens to his neighbors and friends—with a different camera, a refined attitude toward life, and gazing toward a very different family. Kindred Spirits is an entreé to the Horvaths: Stacia, a nurse, her husband Denny, a contractor, and their two daughters run a family farm to raise food for their own consumption, selling the rest to family, friends, and passersby. Fink’s often tender compositions and his affection for his subjects easily belies the reality of farm life captured within, raising meaningful questions around how and what we consume. This is a 21st-century family to know, through a master black and white photographer at his finest.

Larry Fink has been a professional photographer for over 53 years. He has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Art, the Musee de la Lausanne Photographie in Belgium, and the Musee de l’Elysee in Switzerland, amongst others. More

Peter Barberie is the Brodsky Curator of Photographs, Alfred Stieglitz Center, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  More