Arts & Culture

Girls In Flight

Flying the friendly skies, Brian Finke began photographing flight attendants as he crisscrossed the country on Delta, JetBlue, Hawaiian, Hooters Air, Southwest, and Song airlines, before going abroad on Air France, Qantas, and British Airways. In London, he visited a … Read More

By / September 12, 2008

Flying the friendly skies, Brian Finke began photographing flight
attendants as he crisscrossed the country on Delta, JetBlue, Hawaiian,
Hooters Air, Southwest, and Song airlines, before going abroad on Air
France, Qantas, and British Airways. In London, 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.

The result is Flight Attendants, a vibrant document of those
adventurous souls who choose to work at 40,000 feet. Shot before,
during, and after trips, at school and at home, Finke’s photographs
capture the allure of this high-flying profession alongside the more
quiet moments of the attendants’ daily lives. Like his previous
collection 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.

Flight Attendants is available at Powerhouse Books.