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photographer to shoot a cover story on meat.
National Geographic hired Finke for the shoot,
and he’s continued to shoot for them since.
These days, Finke has found a new subject
to dissect and obsess over: fight clubs. Like
everything else, he came to the project through
a bit of serendipity. At a bar, a friend told
him about how she used to attend backyard
boxing events with her father while growing
up in South Dakota. Finke was captivated by
the drama of the fights, which often serve as
a way to settle local disputes and avoid lethal
violence, so he searched for ones he could
attend. He’s begun shooting fights on a dirt-
floor boxing ring in Virginia and is researching
others closer to his home base in New York.
When asked if he thinks that the fight club
project will result in similarly aligned editorial
or advertising work, Finke laughs. This time
he doesn’t think so. Then again, he never
imagined that much would come out of his
other fascinations, either. EDU
Camera: Nikon D810
Lens: AF NIKKOR 35mm f/2D
Drive: 1T Glyph Studio
Editing Software: Adobe Lightroom
Computer: 13-inch MacBook Pro
THIS PAGE: Music-video vixen Sophia Body,
photographed on the set of a Mack Wilds
video for Finke's series "Hip Hop Honeys,"
which will be published next year as a
monograph of the same name.