Boxing. Photographs by Larry Fink. Introduction by Andy Grundberg. Essay by Bert Randolph Sugar. powerHouse Books, New York, 1997. 108 pp. Large quarto (11x 11 in./29 cm.). Limited edition of 100 signed copies. Bound in black cloth with debossed white title. No jacket as issued. Cloth slipcase with matching title. Duotone reproductions. Accompanied by a 10 x 10 in. (27 cm.) print of p. 61, Blue Horizon (SIGNED and numbered on verso--this being 1/100.
"Larry Fink’s photographs of boxing join a large archive of boxing images. They might be filed somewhere between the fight photographs that used to grace the back pages of the tabloids (back when Friday night meant fight night at Madison Square Garden), and the self-conscious documents taken by numerous photographers before him in the name of art. Where art stands in the equation of Fink’s photographs is an interesting question, because it doesn’t stand out. If anything, these pictures have an artless feel that is to all their credit. Let others worry about separating art from journalism, portraiture from documentation, sports from life, Fink seems to be saying. What matters is the message.
"Fink’s confidence in the ability of these photographs to speak for themselves, without artifice or self- consciousness, is partly what makes them so admirable. That the pictures can be so full of event, incident, atmosphere, and physical detail—so muscular, one is tempted to say—and still speak clearly about a world removed from the museum wall or printed page is testament to talent that has yet to achieve the recognition it deserves. No mere shadow boxer, Larry Fink is putting a deep dent in photography’s heavy bag."--from Andy Grundberg's Introduction.
"[In 1984] Larry Fink's Social Graces proved the paper thin vanity of high society by comparing it to an earthy, robust Pennsylvania family. His newest work delves deeper into beautiful irony by exposing the soft spot within the most brutal of sports--boxing. Fink reveals the spirituality, kindness, and dignity of American boxing culture in images rich with light and shadow, and respect."--the publisher
Print Fine; a few tiny nicks to titles of book and case; otherwise Fine/Fine.