Brian Finke's 'Flight Attendants' Series Alludes to Romance of Early Air Travel

Brian Finke's 'Flight Attendants' Series Alludes to Romance of Early Air Travel

New York-based photographer Brian Finke’s ‘Flight Attendants’ series is the product of two years of travel crisscrossing the United States as well as numerous trips abroad. Photographing flight attendants in action, as well as at a training school, Finke’s series documents the lives of those who travel for a living.

Traveling with more than 10 different carriers, Finke documented the work-and the small moments of down time-of the flight attendants who traveled alongside him. An editorial photographer, Finke’s photographs harken back to the glamour and extravagance of early air travel.

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'Flight Attendants' has been exhibited in galleries from Los Angeles to Berlin and is available as a book. You can find the entirety of the 'Flight Attendants' series, as well as numerous other photographic projects on Finke's website.

If you're interested in seeing more work that pays homage to the "the way things used to be" in air travel, make sure you check out Mike Kelley's most recent recreation of Pan Am.

All images used with permission.

[Via FeatureShoot]

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9 Comments

love it.

bring on the "looks so amateurish / lighting sucks" comments!

David Vaughn's picture

Are these actual Polaroids/film photos or are they digitally filmified photos?

If they are actual Polaroids or some variant thereof then I think they're pretty neat - not groundbreaking, but neat. If they've been digitally dehanced then *sigh*

Does it really make a difference whether they are digital or not? It's a nice set of images nevertheless.

David Vaughn's picture

It doesn't make a difference in the images themselves, but it makes a difference to me when looking at the integrity of the project. It would be kind of like somebody using a 35mm digital camera and then making the images look like tintypes in Photoshop.

These are WONDERFUL. What ever lighting he was using is stellar. Probably something on camera. I love the look.

Not about the style/amateurish/light...I just don't like these shots.
Glad to see something different, but I don't like them.
Thanks anyway Ruby!

This is a wonderful series. I actually think that the choice of light is very smart for this specific subject matter. Could use a bit of a tighter edit but really great work!

Well if you compare it to how well done this was>>>

http://fstoppers.com/bringing-pan-am-back-to-life-photographing-and-ligh...

It does suck

Ricky Perrone's picture

Wow, That Pan Am shoot is amazing