Thursday, February 21, 2008

Photography Break - Brian Finke's Flight Attendants


Time for a photography break! Today we look at the upcoming show of Brian Finke at Clampart in New York. Let's hear from the gallery for their description of Mr. Finke's modern yet nostalgic portrait of everyone's favorite sky goddess, the flight attendant.

"Flying the friendly skies, Brian Finke crisscrossed the United
States photographing flight attendants on Delta, JetBlue, Hawaiian,
Hooters Air, Southwest, and Song airlines before going abroad with
such carriers as Air France, Qantas, and British Airways. In
London, Finke visited a flight attendant school complete with
emergency rafts and billowing smoke, and then, continuing east,
he traveled Air Asia, Thai, Tiger, ANA, Japan, and Cathay Pacific.
Finke finished two years of travel with the illustrious Icelandair.
The result of Finke’s wanderlust is his series, “Flight Attendants,”
a vibrant collection of photographs documenting the lives of those
adventurous souls who choose to work at 40,000 feet. Shot before,
during, and after flights, the photographs capture the allure of the
high-flying profession alongside the more quiet moments of the
attendants’ daily lives. As with his previous series of photographs,
“2-4-6-8: Photographs of Cheerleaders and Football Players,”
Finke is drawn to the distinctive dynamics of team formation,
focusing on uniformed individuals executing practiced actions—
whether on the playing field or in the air. With an eye for the iconic
as well as the absurd, Finke seamlessly blends the glamorous
with the casual, offering a memorable look at the people of the air
travel industry."

We wholeheartedly agree. Check out these gorgeous photos. The show opens today.


Brian Finke -

Clampart -

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