From the article by Hilarie M. Sheets for 1stDibs’ Introspective Magazine:
Grinker’s images, many in black and white with an intimate informality, show a different side to the brash public persona of Mike Tyson. In the book and her “MIKE TYSON PORTFOLIO” (1981–88), which the New York gallery ClampArt is selling exclusively on 1stDibs, a sweet-faced Tyson concentrates on the coaching advice of D’Amato or pals around with his young peers on the bus. In a color shot on the balcony of the Las Vegas Hilton after winning his first world title in 1986, Tyson has an expression of pure unguarded joy at his great achievement.
In the three decades since following Tyson’s career, Grinker moved on from photojournalism to more preconceived long-term narrative photo projects on subjects including traditional rituals among Jewish-American women, the effects of war on people around the world, her brother’s life and death from AIDS and her mother’s battles with cancer and dementia during COVID.
Now represented by ClampArt and teaching a class in NYU’s journalism program similar to the one that changed her life, the 64-year-old artist spoke to Introspective about her seminal Tyson images, most of which have never before been published.