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  • 9, rue de Marseille 75010 Paris - du mardi au samedi de 12h 19h3000 33 (0) 1 42 39 12 60 - 00 33 (0) 6 15 21 23 26

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    Opening September 11th, 2008, 6-9pm

    Exhibition September 12th to October 31th, 2008

    Brian Finke "Flight Attendants - Sara, Icelandair" 2007, Original C-Print, 40x40". Courtesy Galerie Philippe Chaume, Paris.

  • Brian Finke "Flight Attendants - Icelandair" 2007, Original C-Print, 40x40". Courtesy Galerie Philippe Chaume, Paris.

    Ladies and gentlemen, the captain and crew would like to welcome you aboard...For his new series, Brian Finke offers us a peek into the exotic, polished world of the flight attendant. You're flyingBritish Airways, Icelandair, Tiger Airways or Cathay Pacific Airways; taxi and takeoff are imminent: fasten yourseatbelts and raise your tray tables.

    For two years, Brian Finke has flown around the world, from continent to continent, following people who havemade their careers in the sky. His flight attendants, smiling and perfectly dressed, absorbed in assuring the comfortand safety of their passengers, have forgotten that he is there. The resulting photographs are sincere observationsthat draw the veil away from a line of work haloed in fantasies. From tarmacs and gangways, hotel rooms andpersonal apartments, emergency exit slides and training craft, the made-up faces that Finke photographs betray afragility worlds away from the stereotypes normally associated with these goddesses of the air.

    Their attitudes are no less plastic than the choreographed pantomimes they perform so tirelessly. In a time ofdiscount airlines, ultra-sensitive metal detectors, and clear plastic bags, Brian Finke celebrates these women andtheir sixties-era chic, working to maintain the image of aviation's golden age at all costs.

    Finke's photographs locate themselves in the tradition of ethnographic journalism. His natives dress in showcostume, like the cheerleaders in his first series, or in the conventional suits worn by flight attendants; in otherwords, they are in uniform - today's tribal masks. Brian Finke's images render justly the trim polish of theseresolutely glamorous women.

    Elise Legris-Heinrich

  • Born in Philadelphia in 1976, Brian Finke lives in New York. He received a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts in NewYork City in 1998. Since then, he has enjoyed great success in the field of commercial and advertising photography,with major newspapers and magazines such as the New York Times, The New Yorker, Details and Time publishinghis work. He has also received numerous, prestigious awards, including the Alexia Foundation for World PeaceAward for Excellence (1998) World Press Photo Master class award (2001). His work on pompom girls andAmerican football players was published by Umbrage in 2003 as 2-4-6-8: American Cheerleaders and FootballPlayers, Photographs by Brian Finke. His work has also been part of numerous collections at museums andgalleries worldwide, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Texas, USA), the Worcester Art Museum,Worcester (Massachusetts, USA), the Saint Louis Art Museum, St Louis (Missouri, USA), the French NationalLibrary (Paris, France), and the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Kitakoma-gun (Yamanashi, Japan).

    Brian Finke "Flight Attendants - Lily and Azriza, Airasia" 2007, Original C-Print, 40x40". Courtesy Galerie Philippe Chaume, Paris.

  • Brian Finke "Flight Attendants -Tiger Airways" 2007, Original C-Print, 40x40". Courtes Galerie Philippe Chaume, Paris.

    The Book "Flight Attendants" edited by Power House and Filigranes is available, 56 pages, 35$

  • Brian FinkeBorn in 1976, he lives and works in New York

    Exhibitions:2008"Flight Attendants: Photographs by Brian Finke," Galerie Philippe Chaume, Paris"Flight Attendants: Photographs by Brian Finke," Stephen Cohen Gallery, Los Angeles"Flight Attendants: Photographs by Brian Finke," ClampArt, New York City"The Hustle Exhibition," powerhouse, Brooklyn, New York"Same Old, Same New," Monya Rowe Gallery, New York City (Curated by Jane Harris)2007"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"Brian Finke: American Cheerleaders & Football Players," Galerie Philippe Chaume, Paris2006"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 ofModern Art, Jacksonville, Florida"photo l.a.," ClampArt booth, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California2005"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," JohnsonCounty 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 Angeles2004"Postcards From the Edge," Visual AIDS at Brent Sikkema, New York City"Growing Up Absurd: Boys Becoming Men in an Irrational World," RadiantLight 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 HotelMidtown, 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 (traveled to Casa Thomas Jefferson, Brasilia,Brazil)2003"Brian Finke: American Cheerleaders & Football Players," ClampArt, New York City"Boys of Summer: Photographs of and about Men," ClampArt, New York City

    Exhibitions: (cont.)

  • "Photo L.A.: The 12th Los Angeles Photographic Print Exposition," ClampArt booth, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, SantaMonica, California2002 "48-hour Photo Exhibit (Selected Works by 48 NYC-based Photographers)," Arts International, New York CityDe Oude Kerk, Amsterdam2001The Netherlands Photography Institute, RotterdamThe Light Factory, North Carolina2000The Capital Building, Washington, DC1998New Century Artist Gallery, New York City1996School of Visual Arts Gallery, New York CityHouston Center for Photography, Houston, Texas1995"School of Visual Arts Group Show," Houston Center for Photography, Houston, Texas1994Houston Center for Photography, Houston, Texas

    Awards and Honors:2004New York Foundation for the ArtsOne of 12 artists nominated for the International Center for Photography'sannual Infinity Award, Young Photographer categoryNomination Award (Category of Education, Recreation, Sports andTechnology), Humanity Photo Awards, China Folklore PhotographicAssociation, Beijing, China20037th International Prize for Young Photo Journalism 2003, Agfa andDas BildForum, Honorable Mention2001World Press Photo MasterclassPhoto District News, 30 Under 301998Child Labor and the Global Village: Photography for Social Change GrantAward of Excellence, The Alexia Foundation for World Peace

    Selected Publications:The AdvocateAmerican PhotoCity MagazineDetailsDiscoverDutchElleFortuneGEOGQHX MagazineImageInterview MagazineThe Irish TimesLos Angeles Times MagazineMen's VogueNewsweekNew York BladeNew York MagazineNew York PressThe New York SunThe New York TimesThe New York Times MagazineThe New YorkerPhoto (France)Selected Publications: (cont.)Photo District NewsPicture Magazine

  • Radar MagazineRolling StoneTimeTime Out New YorkTravel and LeisureThe Sunday Times Magazine (London)U.S. News and World ReportUSThe Village VoiceVision (China)Visual Arts Journal (SVA)VSD (Paris)WiredZoom Zoom