PRINT April 1988


Dance and Photography

Dance and Photography, by William A. Ewing, New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1987, 240 pp., 233 black-and-white photographs.

“WHAT MAKES A GREAT dance photograph?” begins William Ewing in the foreword to his book, an elegant collection of 233 black and white images, dating from ca. 1849 to 1987, that he presumably imagines as some kind of answer to his question. The resulting compilation has enough visual punch to transcend relegation to the coffee table, and to animate not only the most ardent dance-photography aficionado but the less enthusiastic reader and viewer as well. A parade of well-known images, archival adventures, and other oddities and surprises, along with some valuable information, Dance and Photography provides a great browse for all. And even though shortcomings emerge in the book by the second or third time around, they never deflate the power of the more resonant

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