Photographing the Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Posted by David Ozanich — 31 Mar 2011

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The New York Observer has a fun interview with photographer Larry Fink about his gig shooting the annual Vanity Fair Oscar party. Who's Larry Fink? The Observer sums him up:

A successful photographer of boxers, jazz musicians and the 1970s Studio 54 scene, he has had retrospectives at MoMA and the Whitney, and a breakthrough well into his career. In 1999, he was lured by Graydon Carter to photograph Vanity Fair's annual Oscar party. (He was put under contract to keep him from joining Tina Brown's Talk, he said.)


He didn't know who anybody was, but that was to change. His high-contrast, brutally honest photos of celebrities like Anjelica Huston, Dennis Hopper and Adrien Brody, taken documentary style with a hand-held flash, have became well known.

There's some juicy celebrity dish and a discussion of his widely-seen photo of Natalie Portman and Meryl Streep kibitzing. You can peruse a slideshow of his work which has been collected in an exhibition called (what else?) The Vanities. What is probably the choicest quote from the interview comes when he's asked how many photos he's taken:

Probably 10 million. Now, the level of photographic promiscuity is immense. Everybody becomes a whore of the instant.

Check out more at his nifty website.

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