Dance and Photography

Dance and Photography

by William A. Ewing

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These two books are similar in scope, but each is unique. Dance and Photography captures the history of dance photography from daguerreotype to the present. Focusing on the extraordinary pioneering use of photography to capture the ``fugitive gesture,'' Ewing creates a rare compilation of works by a virtual who's who of photographersBrassai, Beaton, Man Ray, and over 100 others. Ranging from ballet to rock 'n' roll to tribal ritual, from dance immortals like Astaire and Duncan to anonymous participants, the more than 200 plates outline a series of photographic conceptsinvention, record & document, icon & idol, independent eye, collaboration, and tour-de-force. The volume leaves us wanting more. In contrast, Butoh transcends the usual dance book with its fascinating look at a performance art form that combines dance and theater through stark, at times grotesque, visual imagery. Created by avant-garde Japanese dancer Hijikata, butoh is a truly universal dance form at the same time intensely Japanese. Extensive interviews with the late Hijikata and his collaboratorsAshikawa, Ohno, Mishima, and othersare complemented by the highly emotional, thought-provoking, and ultimately shocking images. A unique experience of special interest to dance enthusiasts and photographers. Stephen Allan Patrick, East Tennessee State Univ. Lib., Johnson City

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Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
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1st American ed

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