Brian Finke: U.S. Marshals
Looking at recently released books this week….
Photographer Brian Finke has just released his fourth monograph, U.S. Marshals, published by powerHouse Books. Brian spent over four years photographing Marshals capturing the culture, practices and procedures of the United States’ oldest law enforcement agency. His access was unprecedented and his cinematic capture, compelling.
Brian graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 1998 with a BFA in photography. Since that time, he has had incredible success as an artist, with work placed in nine museum collections here and abroad. The author of 2-4-6-8: American Cheerleaders and Football Players (Umbrage, 2003), Flight Attendants (powerHouse, 2008), and Construction (DECODE, 2012), his first monograph was named one of the best photography books of 2004 by American Photo. His editorial clients include: Bon Appetit, Conde Nast Portfolio, Details, Discover, ESPN the Magazine, Esquire, Fast Company, Fortune, Good Magazine, GQ, The New York Times Magazine, Life, Martha Stewart, Newsweek, New York magazine, The New Yorker, Photo District News, Rolling Stone, Spin, Teen Vogue, Time, Wired, and many others. Brian has commercial representation in the U.S. and France, and is represented by galleries in New York City, Paris, and Amsterdam.
Brian began documenting U.S. Marshals in 2010 after re-connecting with a childhood friend, Deputy U.S. Marshal, Cameron Welch:
“I was surprised at their willingness to have me step inside their world, but once there what I saw spoke to an American heritage of civil authority that has transcended nearly all facets of U.S. law enforcement. I felt a strong connection between Marshals’ responsibilities and our civilian culture and new immediately that I wanted to make a book.”
Finke photographed U.S. Marshals in cities across the U.S. including Houston, Las Vegas, New York City, Syracuse, Utica, Philadelphia, Camdon, Atlantic City, Phoenix, Los Angeles, and a handful of Texas border towns, including Brownsville, McAllen, Laredo, Del Rio, Alpine and El Paso. The resulting images present a ground zero portrait of the most dangerous, conflict-seeking patrol force in the U.S.
“As you might imagine, their worlds are action packed,” added Finke. “My very first ride-along was a bulletproof vest clad pursuit of an escaped convict from Huntsville prison, clocking 120 MPH.”
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