Flight Attendants is the result of an epic tour that Brian Finke embarked on which included photography on airlines around the States such as Delta, JetBlue, Hawaiian, Hooters Air, Southwest, and Song airlines, before going abroad on Air France, Qantas, and British Airways. In London. On top of that he visited a flight attendant school, complete with emergency rafts and billowing smoke. Continuing east, Finke traveled Air Asia, Thai, Tiger, ANA, Japan, and Cathay Pacific. For the grand finale of his two-year trip, Finke traveled the illustrious Icelandair.
Finke’s photographs for this exhibition and publication capture the allure of this high-flying profession alongside the more quiet moments of the attendants’ daily lives. Raised in Texas and schooled in New York, Brian Finke has produced similar eye catching work with previous collection’s of cheerleaders and football players, 2-4-6-8, 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 men and women of air travel.
The Flight Attendants Exhibition and Book by Brian Finke will open and release on February 21 and run through till March 29, 2008 at Clamp Art, 521-531 W. 25th Street, Ground Floor, New York, NY 10001 (646) 230-0020.