From Alix Browne’s article for Grit Magazine:
Brian Finke spent two years flying around the world — without any real sense of destination — logging what must have amounted to hundreds of thousands of miles, to photograph the lives of international flight attendants both on duty and off. That he was able to do so in a security delay/lost baggage/lack of service/post-9/11-world says as much about his ambitions as a documentarian of contemporary culture as it does about his patience and charm as a human being.
A previous body of work found Finke trailing exuberant squads of American cheerleaders and football players — a project for which he no doubt spent a lot of time on busses. In the flight attendants, the photographer has discovered another nomadic tribe, distinguished by its own language, mannerisms, and uniforms. But what struck Finke most were not the differences between these two seemingly disparate groups, but rather the similarities — in their efforts to maintain the front of camaraderie, in their performance of choreographed activities, in their elaborate codes of appearance.
PDF of the article
“Uncommon Women: The Photo Essay by Brian Finke”
View Brian Finke’s series, “Flight Attendants”
Browse all of Brian Finke’s work at ClampArt