Title: "188.8.131.52: American Cheerleaders & Football Players"
Photographer: Brian Finke
Publisher: Umbrage Editions (2003)
Dimensions: 10.25 x 10.25 inches
Pages: 128 pages, 65 color photographs
About the book
For several years, artist Brian Finke, traveled across the country photographing high school and college-level cheerleaders and football players. Mixing artificial and natural light, Finke has developed his own distinctive documentary style, his work functioning on a number of levels. In one sense, the cheerleader and football works are highly ambivalent images, revealing diversity in uniformity as manifested by the construction of individual identities within the image of the team. In addition, by addressing social behaviors, self-definition, and sexuality, Finke documents the rocky trail of adolescence while avoiding casting a judgmental eye, choosing instead to tell lighthearted stories with respect and masterly imbuing his photographs with humor and life.