Originally published October 28, 2014.
Surely there was a large turnout expected for Larry Fink’s arrival to Millersville for the Conrad Nelson Lecture Wednesday, Oct. 22 at Myers Auditorium in McComsey Hall, but the needed auditorium size for the event was underestimated. Needless to say, Fink attracted a large crowd. Students and art enthusiasts from Lancaster and surrounding areas packed the auditorium full to the point where some people had to stand outside in the atrium hoping to hear a few snippets.
Unapologetically, Fink admitted that some of his photos are taken out of context, but for good purpose. “Pictures lie all the time… Telling the truth is a tricky subject,” Fink said. “You just have to create a seductive visual aroma.”
Despite being a 76-year-old man, he keeps young through his spirit. “I’m not a hipster any longer, but I’m pretty hip,” he said jokingly.
The hour-and-a-half long event was a learning experience for all that attended, and his words will likely stay with students and other participants for a long while. These days, this acclaimed photographer spends his time as a professor of photography at Bard College.
The Conrad Nelson Lecture was established in 2000 by Millersville alum Conrad Nelson, whose goal was to make sure that Millersville could continue to bring in artists for students to experience for years to come.