Brian Finke celebrates a special anniversary. He tells us about it:
“Back when I was in highschool I was the newspaper and yearbook photographer running along the sidelines of the football games and my sisters were cheerleaders. All this lead to my first book, published 20 years ago this month, titled 2,4,6,8: American Cheerleaders & Football Players, (Umbrage Editions, 2003).” – Brian Finke 2023
For several years, 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.
Brian Finke : 2,4,6,8: American Cheerleaders & Football Players
Umbrage Editions, 2003
Dimensions: 10.25 x 10.25 inches
Pages: 128 pages, 65 color photographs
Signed copies available for purchase here.