NEW YORK, Nov. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- After collaborating with the New York City Ballet for four years, photographer Henry Leutwyler was granted unprecedented backstage access to the NYCB during the winter of 2012. Using his 35mm Leica, he explored the performers' personal space and produced honest, unguarded moments of 91 dancers from the company. From classes, to rehearsals, to the moment when the curtain rises and falls, Leutwyler's images reveal details of the ballet that few of us have been granted the opportunity to see.
Leutwyler examines the pageantry of color and costume both in performance and preparation. His large-scale color and black & white photographs explore a contemporary setting of an art form that remains true to its classic origins. Leutwyler sees and feels the gestures and emotions in such a way that we are transfixed, as if we are a part of the dance ourselves.
"Henry's images depict a more atmospheric, and in some cases abstract portrayal of our world. One that is experienced first-hand by a rare few" – Peter Martins, Ballet Master in Chief.
In conjunction with the exhibition at New York's Foley Gallery, Leutwyler's photographs will be published in a 488-page book, Ballet, with over 270 photographs. Steidl will release the book on December 15th.
"The photographs are an ode to the brilliant men and women of the New York City Ballet. For inviting us to places we've forgotten and for effortlessly transporting us outside of our everyday selves. More than just dance, ballet is an expression of human emotion in all its forms—love, despair, passion, hope and most importantly, joy." — Henry Leutwyler
Leutwyler's first show at Foley in 2011, Neverland Lost, focused on the personal artifacts of Michael Jackson from Neverland Ranch. Neverland Lost was also exhibited at M+B Gallery, Los Angeles and Pobeda Gallery, Moscow. More information on the Foley Gallery can be found at foleygallery.com
Leutwyler was born in Switzerland in 1961. He lived in Paris for ten years, where he began photographing the Ballet Béjart Dance Company. He travelled extensively with the company before moving to New York to focus on photographing theater and the arts. Leutwyler's past subjects include Michelle Obama, Julia Roberts, Tom Wolfe, Beyoncé Knowles, Martin Scorsese, and Spike Lee, to name a few. His work has been featured in the New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Vogue, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, and Time. His works have earned him the ASME 2008 Magazine Cover of the Year Award and Graphis Magazine 2008 Photographer of the Year. More background information on Leutwyler can be found at henryleutwyler.com
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