Author(s): Larry Fink
These pictures of Andy Warhol and his tribe were taken within a time frame of four or five days. The rest of the images in the book were taken between 1964-1968. America was in the Throes of a certain revolution, that revolution comprised of Civil Rights, anti-war, and anti-establishment. These elements were all extremely active. Warhol's significance was that he took what were iconic commercial objects and made them into clever art. He signified the Commodification of the art world, which was soon to come. Warhol personally floated on the periphery of haute couture society like a hummingbird married to a leech. That said, the pictures of Andy and his tribe represented here are just a small moment within his larger life.
Larry Fink (born 1941), a photographer with a penchant for intriguingly composed social tableaux, is best known for the now-legendary photobook Social Graces (published in 1984), which combined images from working-class Pennsylvania with a portfolio from upper-crust Manhattan. Also an influential teacher and mentor, Fink has influenced a generation of contemporary photographers in his teaching at the Yale University School of Art, Cooper Union School of Art and Architecture, Parsons the New School for Design and Tyler School of Art, Temple University. He is currently Professor of Photography at Bard College.