About This Image
Signed in pencil on verso in margin. With photographer's label on verso.
Lois Greenfield (born April 18, 1949) is an American photographer best known for her unique approach to photographing the human form in motion. Born in NYC, she attended Hunter College Elementary School, the Fieldston School, and Brandeis University. She majored in Anthropology and expected to become an ethnographic filmmaker, but instead she became a photojournalist for local Boston newspapers.
Her career path changed in the mid 1970s when she was assigned to shoot a dress rehearsal for a dance concert. She has since specialized in photographing dancers not in performance, but in her photo studio as part of her exploration of the expressive potential of movement. She has created countless classic images for the world’s most well known dance companies such as Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane, and American Ballet Theatre.
Since the mid-1990s, Greenfield has been fascinated by non-traditional forms of photographic presentation. Invited to participate in “le Printemps de Cahors” in France in 1994, she projected her images onto a 30-foot high water screen in the Lot River. Set against the night sky, Greenfield’s monumental photos seemed to magically appear, then slowly disappear. The propulsion of the water turned her crystal sharp photographs back into flowing moments, making the live experience seem like a product of the imagination.
She pioneered the use of live photography as an integral part of a dance performance. Greenfield collaborated from 2003 to 2007 with the Australian Dance Theatre on HELD, a dance inspired by her photography. Greenfield was onstage shooting the live action, and her images were projected on the stage in real-time. The dance and its representation appeared virtually simultaneously as part of the performance. This award-winning dance was performed to sold-out audiences around the world, from the Sydney Opera House to Sadler’s Wells in London, the Joyce Theater in NYC and Theatre de la Ville, Paris.
Since her first show at New York City’s International Center of Photography in 1992, her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries such as the French Foundation of Photography, the Musee de L'Elysee in Lausanne, the Tel Aviv Art Museum, the ERARTA Contemporary Museum in St. Petersburg, and the Venice Biennale. Her exhibitions have also been very popular with international art and dance festivals, such as the Nordic Light Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Festival, Pingyao Festival, Biennale de la Danse, Melbourne Arts Festival, The New Zealand Festival of the Arts, and Cali Arts Festival.
Her first two books were "Breaking Bounds: The Dance Photography of Lois Greenfield", 1992
by William Ewing; and "Airborne: The New Dance Photography of Lois Greenfield", 1998.
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Medium Pigment print
Photo Date 2008 Print Date 2015
Dimensions 11-3/8 x 12 in. (289 x 305 mm)
Photo Country United States (USA)
Photographer Country United States (USA)
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