Renowned photographer Larry Fink has been photographing music for sixty years. His lifelong interest in photographing music began when, as a teenager in New York, he interviewed and photographed jazz and blues singer Jimmy Rushing (known as “Mr. Five By Five”) for a high school project. From 1957 to 2006, Fink photographed musicians rehearsing, jamming, performing, and enjoying down time, culminating in the publication of Somewhere There’s Music. This acclaimed book included photographs of jazz musicians, along with photographs of folk, blues, bluegrass, hip-hop, and rock musicians, and featured musicians performing in clubs, streets, orchestras, and music schools. A musician himself, Fink offers an intimate and rare view of the virtuosity, creativity, energy, and heart of the musicians he photographs.
Organized in celebration of the Newport Jazz Festival, “Somewhere There’s Music” at the Newport Art Museum will feature a selection of Larry Fink’s jazz photographs featuring legendary artists, such as Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Roy Hargrove, and Sarah Vaughn to name a few.
About Larry Fink:
A two-time recipient of both the Guggenheim Award and National Endowment for the Arts Grant, Larry Fink has exhibited his photographs nationally and internationally. He has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art, Musée de l’Elysée in Switzerland, Musée de la Photographie à Charleroi in Belgium, Andalusian Centre of Photography in Spain, and Museo de Arte Contemporaneo in Panama to name a few. His work resides in permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, and Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, and he was the recipient of the ICP Infinity Award for Fine Art Photography in 2015. Larry Fink lives in New York and teaches at Bard College, where he has been on the faculty since 1986. He is represented by Marvelli Gallery.
SPECIAL THANKS TO PROVIDENCE CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF THIS EXHIBITION.