Photos: Image from "Timeless Paris;" Dr. Larry Fink, professor of English
The narrow streets on the north bank of the Seine River in Paris, the Marais district, is one of Dr. Larry Fink’s favorite neighborhoods for practicing the art of street photography -- recording images of everyday life in public spaces.
The Hardin-Simmons University professor of English and dedicated photographer says the area’s small green parks, busy street corners, and quintessentially-Parisian architecture provide ideal backgrounds for candid pictures of Parisians and tourists, busy or at ease, in one of the most stimulating cities in the world.
A selection of Fink’s work, “Timeless Paris: Street Photography by Larry E. Fink”, is currently on display at the Dora Lee Langdon Cultural and Educational Center in Granbury, Texas. Fink’s work is also included in the annual Langdon Review of the Arts in Texas, a journal published by Tarleton State University. The 2013-14 issue includes fourteen of his pictures and an essay entitled “Why I Photograph.”
Earlier this month, Fink made an appearance as a featured artist at the annual Langdon Review Weekend, held at the Langdon Center in Granbury. The event celebrates the publication of the journal that features prominent Texas artists. Festival events include appearances by journal contributors whose creative endeavors include poetry, fiction, essay, film, and music, as well photography.
Fink maintains that Paris still resonates with a timeless beauty, and you can always find people enjoying the many parks, squares, and cafes, but, he says, “It’s getting harder to take a picture without someone in the frame doing this,” holding his hand to his ear as if he were speaking on a cell phone. “It’s simply part of everyday street life now, no matter where you go.”
Other photographic projects by Fink include two books, George MacDonald: Images of His World, published in 2004; and The Armstrong Browning Library, published in 2007. Under a Particular Light, a work in progress, is a collection of landscape photographs of sixteen natural areas in the life of C.S. Lewis.
In 2010, Fink participated in the “Streets of New York,” a photography workshop led by Peter Turnley, a photojournalist known for documenting the human condition in the tradition of the great street photographers, and for his compassionate coverage of war, natural disasters, and the plight of refugees.
Fink’s “Timeless Paris” will remain on display at the Langdon Cultural Center in the A.P. Gordon House Gallery until September 25. The gallery is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.