Somewhere There's Music... - Larry Fink14. Jan - 19. Feb 12 / ended Third Floor Gallery
Wednesday - Sunday, 12:00-18:00
“…something comes over them, some kind of extraordinary force comes over them…moves them, you know, strange feeling, or maybe just a huge kind of epiphany, suddenly, skies open up and you can see eternity…” - Roswell Rudd
When photographer Larry Fink started out, the loud, chaotic and spiritual jazz scene was booming in small smoky clubs across the United States. The late night boogie of the black man was adored by the beatniks, who'd write about them for decades. And Fink was no exception.
Somewhere There's Music... brings together Larry Fink's images from the New York jazz scene and New York itself. In the 1960's and 1970's the 'big apple' was a different city. The howls of John Coltrane could still be heard from behind closed doors and the flurries of speeded up bebop melodies were falling on an unsuspecting audience. A new wave of bohemians and junkies was moving to the derelict Lower East Side in pursuit of cheaper rents and freedom. Harlem was the pumping heart of the black community, and its clubs and theatres were drawing crowds from Manhattan and beyond. Fink suggested to subtitle his exhibition “images of New York before the bankers took over”. By the 1990's most of the streets and clubs photographed by him had been gentrified, the rents were exorbitant, and the fiery mad jazz scene gone.
Larry Fink was born in 1941 in Long Island, New York. He has been a photographer for over 50 years. He has exhibited among other at the MoMA and the Whitney Museum of Modern Art, and published more than half a dozen books which include the acclaimed Social Graces. He has been awarded twice both the Guggenheim Fellowship and the Individual Photography Fellowship of the National Endowment for the Arts.
This exhibition has the kind support of the School of Film, Photography and Digital Media of Newport University, and Fotovisura magazine. The opening of the exhibition will feature real ales by Otley Brewing Company and live music by Arek Mazurek Quartet.
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