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Maurice Seymour - Portrait of Tamara Toumanova with Tulle Veil
Maurice Seymour
Portrait of Tamara Toumanova with Tulle Veil
$75
Emmanuel Sougez - Ballerina and Company
Emmanuel Sougez
Ballerina and Company
$1,500
Sale
$1,050
Max Waldman - Les Sylphides: Natalia Makarova & Ivan Nagy
Max Waldman
Les Sylphides: Natalia Makarova & Ivan Nagy
$3,000
Sale
$2,100
Max Waldman - Les Sylphides: Natalia Makarova & Ivan Nagy
Max Waldman
Les Sylphides: Natalia Makarova & Ivan Nagy
$2,500
Sale
$1,750
Anonymous - Ballet Dancers' Legs
Anonymous
Ballet Dancers' Legs
$1,500
Sale
$1,050
Anonymous - Two Ballerinas on Pointe with Hatboxes
Anonymous
Two Ballerinas on Pointe with Hatboxes
$100
By Matt Damsker

Aptly titled, this exhibition freezes ballet's fleeting moments of infinite grace, not only through the lens of great photographers but, perhaps more importantly, as embodied by the great danseurs and danseuses of the modern era. If anything, the gestural expressiveness and physical demands of ballet at its highest level seem tailor-made for photographic study, and these examples are rich with the kinetic charge and high glamor of the greats as well as superb studies of ballet's student ranks, lending photography's documentary power to an iconography that had been established and dominated by Degas.

Thus, Max Waldman’s superb performance shots--in which many of the great names from Baryshnikov to Farrell, Makarova, and Martins are seen in their staged flights of rapturous fancy--communicate the power of ballet with stunning immediacy. These silver prints from the heyday of the 1970s, when ballet achieved popular breakthroughs, are perfect complements to the chronicle of fine-art photography, while Kim Camba’s documentary images from the same era–of students, their dance masters and mistresses–bring a fresh realism and gritty dance-studio atmosphere to the subject.

And in vintage images by the likes of Alfred Eisenstaedt, Maurice Seymour, and Laure Albin-Guillot, the student life as well as the formality of ballet in the 1930s and '40s are given a more classical cast, in portraiture and studies steeped in rich tonalities and impeccable composition. This exhibition does nothing less than explore the range of modern photography's relation to the ballet, in photographs that illuminate the beauty, flair and, inevitably, the anxiety of striving for the perfections promised by ballet's aspirational artistry.

Ballet Photographs: A Split Second of Grace
About This Exhibit
Image List

Exhibited and Sold By
Contemporary Works / Vintage Works, Ltd.

258 Inverness Circle
Chalfont, Pennsylvania   18914   USA

Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith

Email info@vintageworks.net

Phone +1-215-822-5662

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