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Brian Finke

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Cheerleaders.Diversity in uniformity is what fascinated Finke about his chosen subject: cheerleading competitions, photographed in New York City, Pennsylvania and Florida. He followed competitors from 175 schools all over the US, witnessing moments of emotion as they practiced, prayed and cried. In order to reveal the girls’ identity he focused on their subtle expressions and gestures. While every cheerleader is created in the image of the team to perform and look the same, these girls are also teenagers addressing such issues as social behavior and sexuality. ‘In my Photos,‘ says Finke, ‘these teens struggle between being part of a group and defining themselves.’
Football Players. The issue of male bonding interested Brian Finke as a compliment to his existing series on cheerleaders. These male teens are wrestling with many of the same issues addressed by their female supporters. Topics like puberty, individuality, teamwork and social behavior are expressed within these documentary photographs by Finke. One gets a clear feel of the conflicting roles these young men must adapt to in order to be accepted by their fellow teammates and the coaching staff. Finke has the innate ability to focus on and capture intimate moments within very public activities while at the same time giving us the feel that this was all staged for our benefit. ‘I am very fortunate’ says Finke,’ to be granted the kind of access to these subjects that allows me to create extremely private and personal images.’
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Brian Finke
ClampArt, New York
Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago
Stephen Cohen Gallery, Los Angeles
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