In 1980, Larry Fink and his guide, a “gypo logger” named Dave McCardle, spent 3 months traversing the hillsides of Washington State “jumping over logs and sidestepping crevices and snakes” to create heroic images of loggers and scarred landscape, published for the first time in his recently published monograph, Opening the Sky. Aaron Schuman caught up with the highly influential American photographer.
AS: Aaron Schuman
LF: Larry Fink
AS: How did you first get involved in photography?
LF: Well, I came from interesting parents – they were cultured, they were Marxists, they were left-wing Americans, they were communists – so I was brought up with a tremendous amount of social concern, and with a good degree of culture. When I was a kid, they took me to the symphony, to jazz clubs, to visit painters that they knew, and so back in Long Island, I took up photography as a hobby.