Larry Fink joins the dots between Warhol's Factory and 1960s protest

A photography exhibition at Bologna's Spazio Damiani shows America in strife

The photographer Larry Fink is best-known for Social Graces, a collection of unusual images showing high society parties of the 1970s. In them, he showed a gift for unusual angles and meticulously-arranged compositions. Fink's images, often focused around a single individual, almost always managed to tell a story.

Fink on Warhol: New York Photographs of the 1960s, a new exhibition at Bologna's Spazio Damiani, shows Fink apply these talents to a rather different pair of topics. While half of the exhibition takes in Warhol and his Factory, the other captures the currents of social unrest in 1960s America. Photographs of Lou Reed, Ingrid Superstar and Warhol himself, taken over a single three-day period, are juxtaposed with documents of the civil rights and antiwar movements. The result is a depiction of a two-headed New York, able to encompass the Factory's nihilistic, apathetic disengagement on the one hand and a passionate desire for social change on the other.

Many of the images on display will be exhibited for the first time since the 1960s. In spring 2017, Damiani will publish an accompanying book, containing 80 previously unpublished works from the period. Both should serve as proof of Fink's skill and the diversity of his practice.