Airbourne: The New Dance Photography of Lois Greenfield

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Breaking Bounds brought Lois Greenfield's pioneering work in dance photography widespread acclaim and a dedicated following. Now with Airborne, her first book in over six years, Greenfield takes us to spectacular new heights. Collaborating with some of the world's finest dancers from such illustrious dance companies as the Martha Graham Dance Company, Pilobolus, San Francisco Ballet, the Parsons Dance Company, and Ballet Tech, she captures moments of startling grace and power. In 90 duotone images, Greenfield's dancers defy gravity and push the limits of the possible. A preface takes us behind the scenes in her studio, and the photographer's own captions illuminate the challenges of making pictures that recreate the seeming effortlessness of dance. As inspiring as it is technically remarkable, this collection of incomparable images is sure to captivate dance lovers, photographers, and all who admire the beauty and strength of the human body.

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How do I create my images?
Everyone asks me"How did I do it?" How do I capture the dancers seemingly frozen in midair, glued together, as if shot out of a cannon? above with the dancers lying on the floor, or they are rigged with wires from the ceiling, or, most commonly, that they have been manipulated either digitally or in the darkroom. The truth of it is that my photographs are simple snapshots, often the result of the command "jump!" They may look like trick photographs, but there is no darkroom or digital manipulation of any kind in my work.

Of course, I previsualize the moments I want, after either watching the dancers improvise, or giving them an idea or a prop to play with. The process is highly collaborative and frankly, alot of fun!

All the photos were shot in my photo studio with Broncolor strobes and a Hasselblad camera. I used to photograph dress rehearsals for the Village Voice and other publications, but I became frustrated with the conditions of photographing in theaters . Also, I wanted more control over the moments and the lighting. Since 1980, I've been working almost exclusively in my own studio , asking the dancers not to recreate choreography but to explore my own ideas.

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Lois Greenfield is recognized internationally as one of the foremost photographers of dance. She is a regular contributor to the Village Voice, and her photographs have also appeared in Dance Ink, Esquire, Time, Wile, Vogue, Mirabella, and Zoom, among other magazines. Coinciding with the publication of Breaking Bounds, the International Center of Photography in New York will mount a major exhibition of her photography, which will then travel widely throughout the United States and Canada. Greenf William A. Ewing is a wellknown writer on the art of photography and an independent curator whose exhibitions have been shown at the Museum of Modern Art and the International Center of Photography in New York, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D. Daniel Girardin is curator at the Mus e de l'Elys e.

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