Title: Flight Attendants (2008)
Photographer: Brian Finke
Publisher: PowerHouse Books
Dimensions: 10.25 x 10.25 inches
Pages: 124 pages, 51 color photographs
About the book
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 with such impressive style that it made the book cover.
The result of this collection is Flight Attendants, a vibrant document of those adventurous souls who choose to work at 40,000 feet. Shot over three years, Finke’s photographs capture the allure of this high-flying profession alongside the quieter 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.