Art in America recently published their list of 12 Notable Books of 2011, naming LARRY FINK‘s The Vanities: Hollywood Parties 2000-2009 among them!
In his review, Stephen Maine writes:
While shooting Oscar parties for Vanity Fair, Fink trades his slouchy street clothes, and per this book’s introduction, “dons a tux and moves like a shadow” among the stars, their entourages and anonymous hangers-on. Skewering the unlovely strivers of Tinseltown might seem as hard as throwing rocks at a barn, but there is method to Fink’s mischief: ignored by the players, he captures a nobody’s-eye-view of high-stakes ritual bonding that speaks volumes about the dynamics of status and the fear of exclusion. As the Hollywood of the book’s title denotes an industry, not a location, many of the photos collected here—black-and-white, printed in tritone—were shot in New York, too.