September 25, 2014 This semester I am teaching a pilot section of a course called First-Year Seminar here at Hardin-Simmons University.  These small classes are led by three-person teams:  the teacher, a librarian, and a peer mentor.  While designed to help equip students for academic success and facilitate a smooth integration into university life, the […]

What is Street Photography?

What is Street Photography? by Larry E. Fink It is a branch of realistic fine-art photography that—traditionally—records un-posed scenes in public places (streets, parks, restaurants, stores, museums, libraries, airports; train, bus, and subway stations, etc.) It began in earnest in the 1920s (though there are earlier examples), when camera and film technology made spontaneous, hand-held […]

Great Street Photographers

GREAT STREET PHOTOGRAPHERS SELECTED “FIRST-GENERATION” STREET PHOTOGRAPHERS  ANDRE  KERTESZ  (1894-1985)  Hungarian; first great street photographer: “Whatever we have done, Kertész did first.”  –Henri Cartier-Bresson ROBERT DOISNEAU  (1912-1994)  French; traveled little; Paris based; square format for earlier work; wit & humor HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON  (1908-2004)  French; world traveler; photojournalist; perhaps the best known photographer in the world, […]

Why I Photograph

THE ESSAY BELOW ACCOMPANIES FOURTEEN OF MY PARIS STREET PHOTOGRAPHS IN THE LANGDON REVIEW OF THE ARTS IN TEXAS (VOLUME 10, 2013-14), PUBLISHED BY TARLETON STATE UNIVERSITY (STEPHENVILLE, TX)   Why I Photograph  by Larry E. Fink   Some kids look through a telescope or a microscope, and that’s it.  Stars or microbes for the […]

A Photographer Reviews Stephen Scobie’s The Measure of Paris

THIS ESSAY IS ADAPTED FROM A POWERPOINT TALK PRESENTED AT THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE CONFERENCE OF COLLEGE TEACHERS OF ENGLISH HELD AT ABILENE CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY (ABILENE, TX) FEBRUARY 21-23, 2013  A Photographer Reviews Stephen Scobie’s The Measure of Paris (University of Alberta Press, 2010)  by Larry E. Fink, Professor of English, Hardin-Simmons University     […]