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Brian Finke New York, NY, United States

  • New York, NY, United States
  • School of Visual Arts
  • ClampArt Gallery
    Galerie Wouter van Leeuwen

Brian Finke spent two years of his life, flying around the world, photographing uniformed flight attendants — documenting stylistic distinctions among airline “brands” as they attempt to simultaneously convey authority, safety, adventure, and the allure of travel.

About Brian Finke

Exhibitions:

2012
“Construction: Photographs by Brian Finke,” ClampArt, New York City
“Do or Die: The Human Condition in Painting and Photography,” Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden
“An Orchestrated Vision: The Theater of Contemporary Photography,” Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, Missouri

2011
“Beyond Words, Photography in The New Yorker,” Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York City (Curated by Elisabeth Biondi)
“Art of Attraction,” F.L.O.A.T. Gallery, New York City
“Only Photographs,” Newspace Center for Photography, Portland, Oregon

2010
“Portrait Photographs,” Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts
“In leaves no step had trodden black,” School of Visual Arts Gallery, New York City
“Do or Die: The Human Condition in Painting and Photography,” Wallraf-Richartz Museum and Fondation Corboud, Cologne
“American Cheerleaders & Football Players: Photographs by Brian Finke,” Galerie Wouter Van Leeuwen, Amsterdam

2009
“Kids Behaving Badly,” ClampArt, New York City
“Masculine: Interpretations of Manhood,” Charles Cowles Gallery, New York City
“Flight Attendants: Photographs by Brian Finke,” Galerie Open, Berlin
“Focus!,” T & P Fine Art, Philadelphia

2008
“Flag, …for which it stands…” Galerie Thierry Marlat, Paris
“NY PhotoGroup Salon,” SoHo Photo Gallery, New York City
“The Hustle,” The PowerHouse Arena, Brooklyn, New York
“Flight Attendants: Photographs by Brian Finke,” ClampArt, New York City
“Flight Attendants: Photographs by Brian Finke,” Stephen Cohen Gallery, Los Angeles
“Flight Attendants: Photographs by Brian Finke,” Galerie Philippe Chaume, Paris
“The Hustle Exhibition,” powerhouse, Brooklyn, New York

2007
“Same Old, Same New,” Monya Rowe Gallery, New York City (Curated by Jane Harris)
“Switcher Sex: Video Works and Photography from the Teutloff Collection,” Slought Foundation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
“Photographs by Brian Finke,” James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, Pennsylvania
“The Brooklynites Exhibition,” powerHouse, Brooklyn, New York
“M%ATURE,” M%, Cleveland, Ohio

2006
“Brian Finke: American Cheerleaders & Football Players,” Galerie Philippe Chaume, Paris
“photo bravo 06,” Minnesota Center for Photography, Minneapolis, Minnesota
“Society of Publication Designers Photography Auction,” Harry’s Loft/International Center for Photography, New York City
“PRC Benefit Auction 2006,” Photographic Resource Center at Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
“PhotoNY,” ClampArt booth, Metropolitan Pavilion, New York City
“PH Print,” Galerie Philippe Chaume, Paris
“Teen Beat,” Society for Contemporary Photography, St. Louis, Missouri
“Bring It On!,” moniquemelochegallery, Chicago
“Blame It on Rio,” White Box, New York City (Benefiting the New York Foundation for the Arts)
“Cheerleaders, Bodybuilders, and Disco Queens: Photographs by Brian Finke and Morten Nilsson,” Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art, Jacksonville, Florida
“photo l.a.,” ClampArt booth, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California

2005
“Most Muscular: Photographs by Brian Finke,” ClampArt, New York City
“New View: Recent acquisitions to the Oppenheimer/JCCC Collection for the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art,” Johnson County Community College Gallery of Art, Overland Park, Kansas
“Focus on AIDS Photography Benefit Auction,” The Directors Guild of America, Los Angeles
“GLAAD OUTAuction 2005,” The Altman Building, New York City
“Focus on AIDS 11—Benefit Auction,” Directors Guild of America, Los Angeles
“The Inaugural SVA Alumni Society Auction,” Visual Arts Gallery, New York City
“Photography: Double Exposure,” The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago, Chicago
“Gods and Monsters,” Ambrosino Gallery, North Miami, Florida
“this dream, America,” Art League of Long Island/Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery, Dix Hills, New York (Curator, Keith Miller)
“FOTORELIEF and UNICEF Photography Exhibition and Auction,” Milk Studios, New York City
“Rock and Royalty to Erase MS: 12th Annual Event,” The Westin Century Plaza Hotel, Los Angeles
“Live Out Loud 4th Annual Gala,” Chelsea Art Museum, New York City
“Humanity Photo Awards,” 2005 EXPO, United Nations Pavilion, Japan (traveling to UNESCO Headquarters, Paris)
“Brian Finke: American Cheerleaders & Football Players,” Stephen Cohen Gallery, Los Angeles

2004
“Postcards From the Edge,” Visual AIDS at Brent Sikkema, New York City
“Growing Up Absurd: Boys Becoming Men in an Irrational World,” Radiant Light Gallery, Portland, Maine
“First Annual PhotoNY Invitational,” lyonswiergallery, New York City
“PhotoNY,” ClampArt booth, Metropolitan Pavilion, New York City
“GLAAD OUTAuction 2004,” The Altman Building, New York City
“Unbroken: Photography Subjects Speak Out,” Denise Bibro Fine Art, New York City
“Brian Finke: Bodybuilding,” Project Space/NYFA Interactive (Online exhibition)
“Art Chicago 2004,” Catherine Edelman booth, Festival Hall, Navy Pier, Chicago, Illinois
“The Photography Show (Association of International Photography Art Dealers),” Catherine Edelman booth, Hilton Hotel Midtown, New York City
“Young Portfolio Acquisitions 2003,” Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Kitakoma-gun, Yamanashi, Japan
“Teenage Kicks,” Hibernian Royal Academy, Gallagher Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
“Discoveries of FotoFest: The FotoFest Meeting Place,” FotoFest, Houston, Texas

2003
“Brian Finke: American Cheerleaders & Football Players,” ClampArt, New York City
“Boys of Summer: Photographs of and about Men,” ClampArt, New York City
“Photo L.A.: The 12th Los Angeles Photographic Print Exposition,” ClampArt booth, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California

2002
“48-hour Photo Exhibit (Selected Works by 48 NYC-based Photographers),” Arts International, New York City
De Oude Kerk, Amsterdam

2001
The Netherlands Photography Institute, Rotterdam
The Light Factory, North Carolina

2000
The Capital Building, Washington, DC

1998
New Century Artist Gallery, New York City

1996
School of Visual Arts Gallery, New York City
Houston Center for Photography, Houston, Texas

1995
“School of Visual Arts Group Show,” Houston Center for Photography, Houston, Texas

1994
Houston Center for Photography, Houston, Texas


Awards and Honors:

2004
New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship One of 12 artists nominated for the International Center for Photography’s annual Infinity Award, Young Photographer Category

2003
7th International Prize for Young Photo Journalism 2003, Agfa and Das BildForum, Honorable Mention

2001
World Press Photo Masterclass
Photo District News, 30 Under 30

1999
Child Labor and the Global Village: Photography for Social Change Grant
The Alexia Foundation for World Peace, Award of Excellence


Books:

Construction: Photographs by Brian Finke (Decode Books: Seattle, Washington, 2012)
Reuel Golden, New York, Portrait of a City (Taschen: New York City, 2010)
Do or Die, The Human Condition in Painting and Photography: Teutloff Meets Wallraf (Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Foundation Corboud, Köln, Hirmer Verlag München, 2010)
Alix Browne and Alison Nordström, Brian Finke: Flight Attendants (powerHouse Books: New York City, 2008)
Robert Pledge and Peter Hay Halpert, FOTORELIEF (FOTORELIEF and UNICEF: New York City, 2005), no. 35, full-page illus.
2-4-6-8: American Cheerleaders and Football Players, Photographs by Brian Finke (Umbrage Editions: New York City, 2003)
Tina Schelhorn and Dr. Peter V. Brinkemper, 7th International Prize for Young Photo Journalism 2003 (Edition Braus: Heidelberg, Germany, 2003), p. 71, full-page color illus.
Alice Rose George, Ed., Here Is New York: A Democracy of Photographs (Scalo Books: New York
City, 2002), pp. 122-3
September 11, 2001: A Record of Tragedy, Heroism, and Hope (Harry N. Abrams: New York City, 2001), p. 95, 98-9, 112-3

Reviews:

“Brian Finke: Construction,” The New Yorker, Review by Vince Aletti (September 2012)
“Construction,” CNN, Portfolio with interview (July 2012)
“On the Bookshelf: Brian Finke’s Construction,” GQ, Review and photographs (Sept. 25, 2012)
“Brian Finke and Construction,” The Photographer Discloses, Interview and photos (Sept. 2012)
“Construction,” Time LightBox, Review with photo (September 2012)
“Photo of Today- Brian Finke,” Alexia Foundation, Review and photos (August 16, 2012)
“Brian Finke Construction,” Newsweek Picture Dept, Review and photos (September 2012)
“Photo of the Day,” PDN, Review and photos (September 5, 2012)
“Brian Finke Construction,” La Lettre De La Photographie, Review and photos (Sept 19, 2012)
“Build It,” Fortune,” Fortune Magazine, Review and photos (September 10, 2012)
“Harry Allen/ Nonfiction” WBAI 99.5 FM, Radio Interview (September 7, 2012)
“Construction by Brian Finke,” This Is the What, Portfolio and interview (June 13, 2012)
“Brian Finke: Flight Attenants,” Fotofeinkost, Interview with photographs (July 1, 2009)
“Cult Picks: Agenda,” listing in SAX magazine, p34 (October/November 2008)
Shane Lavalette, “AirFinke,” PhotoEye, Interview with photographs (September 3, 2008)
Rare Daily, Review with photographs (September 2008)
“Costal Snaps,” The Coastal Traveler (Fall 2008)
“Brian Finke’s Flight Attendants,” Amuse, review photographs (Fall 2008)
Lemon, Interview with photographs (TBC)
Psychology Today, Review with photographs (August 2008)
Internazionale, 6 page exerpt (August 2008)
Picture Magazine, News Section, photograph (July/August 2008)
“Über den Wolken,” Stadtansichten, Germany (July 2008)
IPC Media, Review with photographs (July 12, 2008)
In Flight USA, Review with photographs (July 2008)
“Flieg Mit Mir,” Das Magazin, online and print Review with photographs, Switzerland (July 2008)
“Flight Attendants,” Amateur Photographer, Review with photographs, UK (July 5, 2008)
“Airline Road-Test: Best & Worst of the Skies,” psychoPEDIA, Interview with photographs (July 3, 2008)
ReadyMade, Review with Cover image (June/July 2008)
European Photography, Review with photographs, Germany (July 2008)
“Brian Finke’s ‘Flight Attendants’ at Stephen Cohen Gallery,” Los Angeles Times (June 22, 2008)
“The Week End Guide,” Daily Candy LA (June 12, 2008)
Das Magazine.com, Event, Listing with photographs (June 2008)
“Shooting Stars,” Men’s Health: Best Life, Review with photographs (May 2008)
“Flight Attendants,” Stop Smiling, Review with Photos (May, 2008)
“How to Spent It,” Financial Times, England (May 2008)
D2 Magazine, Portfolio Review (April 21, 2008)
“Brian Finke: Flight Attendants,” The New York Times, Book Review (April 20, 2008)
Zoum Zoum, Review with photographs, France (April 16, 2008)
“Mansion Reception,” New York Insider (April 11, 2008)
“Flight Attendants,” Nude, Review with photographs (April 5, 2008)
“About Photography,” Greg Wasserstrom.com (April 5, 2008)
“Flight Attendants,” Outside Magazine (April 2008)
“Flight Attendants,” Room 100, Thompson Hotels Magazine (April 2008)
“Flight Attendants,” Picture Magazine (March/April 2008)
Urb, Review with Photographs (March/April 2008)
“Flight Attendants,” The First Post, Web Gallery, England (March 28, 2008)
“Flight Attendants,” Entertainment Weekly, Review with photographs (March 28, 2008)
The Guardian, Review with photographs, England (March 22, 2008)
Liberation, Review with photographs, France (March 22, 2008)
The New Yorker, Photograph and Short List (March 10, 2008)
New York Post, Fashion Feature, (March 3, 2008)
Financial Times, Review with photographs (March 3, 2008)
NY Daily News, Review with photographs (March 3, 2008)
“Flight Attendants,” Theme, Review with Photos (March 3, 2008)
“Flight Attendants,” Elle Magazine (March, 2008)
“Brian Finke: Flight Attendant,” Zoomzoom.com, (March 2008)
“Spring Book Roundup,” American Photo (March 2008)
“Service with a Smile,” Travel + Leisure | Portfolio (March 2008)
“Also Worth a Read…,” CN Portfolio (March 2008)
City Magazine, Book Review (March 2008)
Fashion, Review with photographs, Canada (March 2008)
“Flight Attendants,” ChelseaArtGalleries.com (February 2008)
“Word of Mouth: Buzz Book,” Conde Nast Traveler (February 2008)
“Coffee, Tea…and Some Great Photography,” PhotoInduced.com (February 2008)
“Images of the Year,” American Photo Special Issue, (February 2008)
“Flight Attendants,” Wired (February 26, 2008)
New York, Agenda, Exhibit listing (February 25, 2006)
“Flight Attendants,” UrbanDaddy.com (February 22, 2008)
“High Fliers,” Style.com (February 21, 2008)
“Sky Glamour: Flight Attendant Portraits,” Out Traveler G.P.S. (February 21, 2008)
“Same Old, Same New,” ArtCal.net (February 21, 2008)
“Brian Finke: Flight Attendants,” The L Magazine (February 21, 2008)
“Flight Attendants,” slamxhype.com (February 21, 2008)
“Photog Brian Finke on Body Builders vs. Flight Attendants,” gridskipper.com (February 21, 2008)
“Flight Attendants,” Style, Style File Q & A (February 21, 2008)
“Come Fly With Me,” DART Design Arts Daily (February 20, 2008)
“Flight Attendants,” Men Style (February 20, 2008)
“Brian Finke: Flight Attendants,” Besosyfotos ( February 19, 2008)
“Brian Finke: Flight Attendants,” World Hum (February 18,2008)
“Flight Attendants,” Clusterflock (February 12, 2008)
“Finke Photographs Faces of the Friendly Skies,” Wired.com (February 11, 2008)
“PDN’s World in Focus: The Ultimate Travel Photography Contest 2008,” PDN Magazine (February 5, 2008)
Afisha Mir, Portfolio, Russia (February 2008)
“Flight Attendants,” Forbes Executive Woman (2008)
Communication Arts Photo Annual, Photographs (2008)
LTD, Review with Photos (2008)
“Flight Attendants,” Tokion, (January 31, 2008)
“First Look: Flight Attenddants | Brian Finke,” Blueeyes Magazine (January 31, 2008)
TheNewYorker.com, Exhibition Listing (January 14, 2008)
Alix Brown, “Brian Finke,” Dear Dave (2008), pp. 42-9
“Flight Attendants”, Dear Dave, Photo Feature (Fall 2007)
Visual Arts Journal (Fall 2007), pp. 38-9
The Beacon, The Arts (December 6, 2007)
Anthony Stoeckert, “Life as Sport,” Time Off (November 30, 2007)
James F. Duffy, “Americana on display at Michener,” BC Magazine (November 2007)
Fashion Week Daily: The Daily (November 14, 2007)
Town Topics, Princeton, N.J. (October 31, 2007)
“Flight Attendants,” D la Repubblica della Donne, Portfolio, Italy (September 2007)
“2-4-6-8 Cheerleaders,” Focus Knack (June 13, 2007), p77, full-color illus.
“Brian Finke,” Palace Costes (May 2007), p44, full-color illus.
“Lees Joies du Stade,” Libération, (May 2007), illus.
“Pauses Américaines,” Le Monde 2 (May 19, 2007), p. 10, full color illus.
Erwan Benezet, “Pompom Girls et Biscoteaux,” Le Parisien, (May 19, 2007), full color illus.
“Brian Finke,” Exporama (April 2007), p. 40, full-color illus.
Elaine Hake, “Cheerleaders of the Free World,” The First Post (June 16, 2006), full color illus.
“Catch me if you can,” City Magazine (October/November 2006), pp 81– 88, full color illus.
Theresa Bembnister, “It’s a ‘Teen’ thing you’ll understand: SCP show clicks into confidence, insecurity of adolescence,” Kansas City Star (September 21, 2006), p. 39, illus.
Elaine Hake, “Cheerleaders of the free world,” The First Post (June 16, 2006), full-color illus.
Greg Lindsay, “Perfect Attendants,” City Magazine (2005), p. 76-81
Michal Zaczynski, “Brian Finke: Liderki entuzjazmu,” Foto Pozytyw (Wrzsien 2005), pp. 18 – 28, full-color illus.
“Brian Finke: Football,” Pref (2005), Vol. 1, pp. 68-79, full-color illus.
“The Best Photography on the Web,” American Photography (April 19, 2006), full-color illus.
(along with Alec Soth, Lauren Greenfield, et. al.)
“Brian Finke: Most Muscular,” Eyemazing (January 2006), Issue 1, p. 173, color illus.
“Les bodybuilders de Brian Finke,” PHOTO (December 2005), p. 12, full-color illus.
“Frat Boys: Photographies de Brian Finke,” Pref (November/December 2005), pp. 144-151, full-color illus.
“Gallery Listings,” The New York Times (November 25, 2005), p. E33
Stephen D’Agostino, “Body of Work,” New York Blade (November 18, 2005), cover, p. 22, full-color illus.
Jennifer Snow, “Voice Choices,” The Village Voice (November 16 – 22, 2005), p. 79 (Critic’s Pick)
“Short List,” The New Yorker (November 14, 2005), p. 24, full-color illus.
“’Roid Ragin’,” HX Magazine (November 11, 2005), p. 58, full-color illus.
“Art Listings,” Time Out New York (November 10 – 16, 2005), p. 71
The L Magazine (November 9 – November 22, 2005), p. 62, illus.
Préf (October 2005), Issue 11, pp. 142-9, full-color illus.
Helen A. Harrison, “Making the Ordinary Extraordinary,” The New York Times (May 29, 2005)
“PhotoNY 2004,” HotShoe (December 2004), p. 37, color illus.
Richard B. Woodward, “Home Team Advantage: On Gallery Walls, the Art Kids are Finally
Taking on the Jocks,” The New York Times (February 15, 2004), p. AR-17, illus.
David Schonauer (Editor in Chief), “The Best Photo Books of the Year,” American Photo (January/February 2004), pp. 65, 69-70, full-color illus.
“Brian Finke,” The New Yorker (October 20, 2003)
“2-4-6-8: American Cheerleaders and Football Players, Photographs by Brian Finke,” Toro (October/November 2003), p. 21, full-color illus.

Lectures:

2012
International Center for Photography, New York City

New York Film Academy, New York City

2011
School of Visual Arts, New York City

2009
Parsons School of Design, New York City

2008
School of Visual Arts, New York City
NY Photo Festival, Brooklyn, New York

2007
School of Visual Arts, New York City
James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, Pennsylvania

2005
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island
School of Visual Arts, New York City

2004
International Center for Photography, New York City
Parsons School of Design, New York City
School of Visual Arts, New York City

2003
PhotoExpo, Jacob Javits Center, New York City
School of Visual Arts, New York City
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York

2002
School of Visual Arts, New York City

Selected Collections:

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts
Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, Missouri
James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, Pennsylvania
Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, Kansas
Akron Art Museum, Akron, Ohio
21c Museum, Louisville, Kentucky
Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Paris
The West Collection, Pennsylvania
Lutz Teutloff Photo + Video Collection, Germany
Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Kitakoma-gun, Yamanashi, Japan
Alexia Foundation for World Peace, New York
World Press Photos, Amsterdam

Education:
1998
Bachelor of Fine Arts, School of Visual Arts, New York City

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