10 minutes with Brian Finke

Interviews with Photographers April 9, 2012 8:40 am

When did you first know that you wanted to be a photographer?

From the beginning, I took as many photography and art classes as possible in high school, in Texas, then art school in NYC, School of Visual Arts.

Brian Finke - 2468

Brian Finke - 2468

Brian Finke - 2468

Brian Finke - Amtrak

Brian Finke - Amtrak

Brian Finke - Barnard

Brian Finke - Barnard

Brian Finke - Barnard

 

 

You have two published books and another one coming out this Fall – do your books start as personal projects or assignments? Is it important for you to have a personal project going on on the side?

It’s most exciting when it’s a coloration of both personal and commercial. The  editorial clients I regularly work with always know what I’m working on personally, what I’m mulling over with on a daily basis. So it’s great when assignments come up that’s the same subject matter as a current personal project, it’s really ideal. I also love how each other, commercial and personal, influence one another, trying new things, introduced to new material, they’re great influences on another. And what’s starting to happening recently, is I get a call for a commercial assignment and the art director or editor says… this could be your next book. It’s an exciting way to start an assignment.

 

Brian Finke - Flight Attendants

Brian Finke - Flight Attendants

Brian Finke - Flight Attendants

Brian Finke - Flight Attendants

Brian Finke - Flight Attendants

Brian Finke - Flight Attendants

 

Do you remember the first photographer whose work you loved?

When I was like 12 years old I discovered the photographs of W. Eugene Smith, in the book about his life entitled “Let Truth Be the Prejudice” and the seed was planted.

 

Brian Finke - Great Santucci

Brian Finke - Most Muscular

Brian Finke - Most Muscular

Brian Finke - Strawberry Queen

Brian Finke - Tennis Camp

Brian Finke - Tennis Camp

Brian Finke - Tourists

 

Any words of wisdom for the up and comers?

Explore all the new creative venues for getting your photos out there.

 

(Brian is based in New York. See more of his work, here)

2 Comments

  • Brian’s work has always been an inspiration to me as both a designer and as an amateur photographer. His color, light, attention to detail, and composition all work in harmony to capture moods and situations that many of us would normally overlook. He recognizes what makes a moment important, what tells the story, and he’s a master at catching it in camera.

    • Completely agree and perfectly said in that Brian ‘recognizes what makes a moment important’
      thanks! -Kate

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