‘Most Muscular’ Captures the Reality of Bodybuilding

Leading up to the 2003 Mr Olympia competition—the world’s preeminent body building contest—photographer Brian Finke spent a year and a half traveling across America to photograph local and large-scale competitions in preparation for the main event. His collection of images, called “Most Muscular,” was then released in 2005 and depicts an earnest and emotional side of the often flashy, spray-tanned sport. Now, 10 years later, Finke will exhibit his images for all to see at New York’s SVA Chelsea Gallery beginning 22 August.