Opening 3/12/10 - Closing 9/12/10
Curated by =AlexandraB24
Photographing dancers in performance is a form of photojournalism. The photographer attempts to catch the performance as it unfolds. The images obtained record what has been happening in the performance space (usually a stage, but not exclusively so) as filtered through the photographer's sensibility. Those images subsequently allow the viewers, as they contemplate the photographs, to get a sense of the event and re-imagine a performance narrative.
However, dance photography can be more than a performance record. There are the photographs taken in the photographer’s studio, re-staged and repeated again and again. These images emphasize movement, facial expression and sculptural pose. They are pictures that make the most of how light falls on the stilled dynamism of the bodies to focus attention on body line, contour and spatial formation. In these situations, dance photography conflates with fashion photography and with the photography of the human form as seen in the artistic nude.
Dance photography is also subject to the specific fashions and styles that emerge within this sub-genre of fine art photography. These changes are influenced by place, time and the individual preferences of the photographers and viewers. The 1960s, for example, saw an explosion of minimalist, sharp, black and white compositions. This was later superseded by attempts at capturing motion, with blurred images showing movement pathways and greater use of colour.
The theme of this exhibition was inspired by the recent gallery show by *blackeyedbonzai
The show was entitled "Dance and Flexibility" ([link]
. Following on that theme, this exhibition tries to encompass different aspects of dance, beyond body flexibility alone. I chose these images from the collections of fellow dA artists; some of them are already in this group's galleries.
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Remember: anyone can curate one of our exhibitions, all you have to do is get in touch with me and send me your ideas and a list of thumbs in a note. We will accept any theme that is suitable to a Fine Art Photography group.