Cinematik presents: The work of photographer Brian Finke.
Previously featured photographer, Brian Finke, is launching a new body of work that will be published in a portfolio book by powerHouse Books later this year. The monograph will be the fourth for Finke whose previous works include 2-4-6-8: American Cheerleaders and Football Players (Umbrage Editions, 2003), Flight Attendants (powerHouse Books, 2008) and Construction (DECODE Books, 2012).
The series, which documents the activities of the United States Marshals Service, was shot with unprecedented access in cities throughout the U.S. including Houston, the Texas/Mexico border between Brownsville and El Paso, New York City, Utica, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Atlantic City and Camden, New Jersey.
We are excited to see this work when more details are revealed later this year.
“Frat Boys” is one of Finke’s more controversial work. Shot in 2005, the series was originally a commission for a magazine story exploring the ascendancy of frat boy fashion. Chiseled bodies drenched with sweat and beer sprawl a dark, almost unknown bar: The images that Finke came up with were strong and most definitely surprising.
Intense, primal and sensuous, the scandalous series throws a twist on the more commonly accepted image of frat boy culture.
“Certainly there is no hunting like the hunting of man and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never really care for anything else thereafter.” -Ernest Hemingway
Brian Finke is pleased to announce that his ongoing series U.S. Marshals will be published by powerHouse Books in late 2014. The monograph will be the fourth for Finke whose previous works include 2-4-6-8: American Cheerleaders and Football Players (Umbrage Editions, 2003), Flight Attendants (powerhouse Books, 2008) and Construction (DECODE Books, 2012).
The series, which documents the activities of the United States Marshals Service, was shot with unprecedented access in cities throughout the U.S. including Houston, the Texas/ Mexico border between Brownsville and El Paso, New York City, Utica, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Atlantic City and Camden, New Jersey.
Additional details for U.S. Marshals to be announced in summer, 2014.
The Creation Museum is a lavish 27-million dollar edifice devoted to a literal belief in the creation of the world as recounted in the Christian Bible. Created by Answers in Genesis, one of the most prominent creationist groups in America, the Creation Museum paints a history of the world where humans coexisted with dinosaurs, the biblical flood carved the Grand Canyon, and the Earth itself is only 6,000 years old. Despite, or perhaps because of its wholesale rejection of modern scientific consensus, the Creation Museum is popular–it claims to have had almost two million visitors since opening in 2007.
Photographer Brian Finke explored the museum’s many installations including it’s dioramas of Adam and Eve, fiberglass and animatronic dinosaurs and the ‘Culture in Crisis’ and ‘Graffiti Alley’ exhibits that depict AiG’s interpretation of the decline of American culture and family. On Tuesday, February 4, Ken Ham, the founder of the Creation Museum and Answers in Genesis, will debate evolution and creationism with Bill Nye, the scientist, comedian and former host of “Bill Nye The Science Guy,” a science-focused TV show for children.
Brian Finke‘s ongoing series “Hip Hop Honeys,” which documents life on-set of hip-hop videos, approached the year mark in January 2014. The idea for the project came to Finke from a photo editor he works with at D la Repubblica, a weekly Italian style magazine. Finke tells PDN via e-mail, “the photo editor had seen a video about the models from the videos and said ‘Brian, this is perfect for you.’” He agreed and spent a few months reaching out to casting directors, producers, photo editors…anyone that had a connection to that world. Finally someone texted him asking if he was free the next day for a shoot in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood at a cigar bar.
“Photographing has allowed me to be in a lot interesting places and situations over the years. With this project it’s been shooting in hotel rooms on Park Avenue, blunts in the room and towels rolled under the door.” One of Finke’s more notable shoots was a Busta Rhyme “twerking” video shot in both Brooklyn, New York, studios and mansions in New Jersey. However Finke prefers to leave the musicians’ information out of the captions so the focus is really on the models. The shoots have included both A- and B-list artists, which have allowed for a variety of shooting situations. “Higher end videos have large productions with stylists, wardrobe, amazing outfits…all the excess. The lesser know artists have small crews. I can pretty much shoot whatever I want on-set.”