There are former dancers and those who have turned a hobby into a profession among them. Each of these masters captured elusive ballet pas and made outstanding portraits of artists.
Rick Guest: Master of Portraits
You can see the photos of this photographer at the Royal Opera House and the National Portrait Gallery in London. The surprising thing is that Guest is not a professional in the world of photography. Once he became interested in photography, and then the hobby became a matter of life.
In the ballet world Rick Guest is know by many people for the portraiture: dancers of the Royal Ballet, the English National Ballet and the Dresden Ballet appeared in his shot. The photographer’s works are full of real stage emotions — they are appreciated by ballet enthusiasts and experts for this. The Guest website presents images that can be bought — a real online gallery.
Carlos Quezada: Artists Like Gods
He saw the ballet scene from different angles: before becoming a famous photographer, Quezada himself took part in productions. Carlos lives in Germany, but his work has long gone beyond the borders of one country. The photographer collaborates with worldwide periodicals, his photographs were published in the New York Times, Financial Times, Berliner Zeitung, as well as in leading ballet media, including Dance Magazine Japan, Dance Europe, Pointe Magazine.
Carlos Quezada keeps a professional blog on Instagram: his profile contains a lot of stylish minimalist photos in which ballet dancers with their physical perfection and full-bodied muscles resemble the Olympic gods.
Rachel Neville: Ballet in all Shades
Another photographer with a choreographic background. Rachel was born in Canada and studied the art of dancing in Europe. However, the dancer’s career did not work out that way: Neville suffered a knee injury and left the ballet stage. And then there was a move to New York and a new chapter in her life: she began to study photography. According to her, it was in this city that her own style was formed.
The photographer’s portfolio includes photos from Boston Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem, 10 Hairy Legs, Grishko. Rachel Neville’s pattern is notable for her love of rich colors: her website has an entire section dedicated to creative photography. In these shots, ballet dancers pose against backgrounds of all colors of the rainbow, and the flowing texture of their outfits emphasizes the flexibility and expressiveness of the poses.
Luis Pons: Ballet and Landscape
Another representative of the New York school with worldwide fame. Pons’ pictures were published by Elle, Buzzfeed, Epoch Times. Stars of New York and San Francisco, dancers of the American Ballet Theater and many others were in his lens.
The works of Luis Pons are distinguished by the ability to harmoniously integrate the ballet dancer into the urban landscape. In the pictures posted on the photographer’s website, the heroes pose in parks and cities, and the very art of dance goes beyond the confines of the rehearsal room or stage. In two large sections — black and white and color photographs — ballerinas and dancers are captured among the trees, in the sand, by the water, next to picturesque walls and various buildings. The ballet art in Pons’s photographs is surprisingly vivid and tangible, as are the landscapes that serve as the ground.
Ken Browar & Deborah Ory: Flight of Skill
They are a couple of family photographers from New York: Ken has an impressive portfolio of fashion photography, and Deborah has a long history of dance photography. However, Browar managed to establish himself as a ballet photographer before the creative and family union. He took pictures for the artists of the Paris Opera — they were published in magazines around the world. And Deborah Ory was brought into the world of photography by a professional injury. From the age of 7 she was engaged in dancing and dreamed of a stage, but after continuing her career failed, she focused on shooting rehearsal processes. Then she was awaited by the position of a photo editor in several periodicals and — a new creative round — a career as a ballet photographer.
In their The Art of Movement project, the photographers showed ballet dancers literally hovering over the stage or standing in lift despite the laws of gravity. The heroes of these pictures are dressed in luxurious multi-colored outfits or emphatically ascetic underwear, but they are united by the captured movement in its maximum amplitude.
Ken Browar said about the creative plans of the couple in one of his interviews:
Dane Shitagi: an Ode to a Ballerina
He was born in Hawaii and took his first pictures at the age of 15. Shitagi owes his formation to New York again.
The big project of the photographer, to which he devoted almost 20 years, was named “Ballerina”. The heroines of the shooting posed in a variety of landscapes — on roofs, in parks, on city streets. Over two decades, the project has included thousands of photographs of ballet dancers from all over the world. The project struck a chord with Internet users. And from the digital format, the brainchild of Shitagi switched to paper media. More than 150 black-and-white and color photographs taken in America, Argentina, England, France and Italy were published in book format.
The project continues to this day: the Instagram account is regularly updated with new pictures, and the number of his subscribers is approaching a million. Recent photographs show ballerinas on the highway, at an open window, and at the George Washington Bridge. The photographs are complemented by short mood videos, where the grace and fragility of the dancers are especially expressive.