Brian Finke’s new book, Flight Attendants (powerHouse 2008) arrived from the printer yesterday, just in time for the opening of his exhibition tomorrow night at ClampArt. I met him there today for a preview of the show.
In the skylit gallery are 10 images from the project, large scale C prints except for one. At first glance it seems to be a retro-style fashion show, with beautifully attired young women, poised and perfectly groomed. They seem to represent what many travelers would think of as “the romance of the skies.” As I studied one picture after another, I wondered why the photographs don’t jibe with the reality of air travel today.