Thursday, June 7, 2012

Jordan Matter's "Dancers Among Us"

A spry, alert photographer brimming with energy  sat down at my table at the BookExpo America (BEA) conference and told an extraordinary tale about the photograph on his promotional postcard. His name is Jordan Matter, and I'd seen some of his striking color images of dancers in outdoor settings here and there. While on a trip he urgently needed to make a call and borrowed a cell phone from a stranger on the street. When Matter turned the phone on, its wallpaper image was none other than one of his own photographs, shown below!
Annmaria Mazzini at Macy's in New York
The series is called "Dancers Among Us," and a collection of images from it is coming out from  Workman in the fall. Matter showed up at the BEA during setup and snapped a photo the Teamsters doing their thing while a ballerina did hers.


You can see many more astonishing images at his website, which is very democratic in that he asked viewers to vote on which photos should be in the book. Speaking of dance images, I picked up a sweet little poster at BEA of the cover of Martha Fay's book on Jules Feiffer, due in Spring 2013.

17 comments:

  1. Love the idea of dancers everywhere! I wonder if BEA has ballerinas on standby or if Mr. Matter had to seek one out?!

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  2. These are incredibly beautiful. I especially like the one in front of the "LOVE" sign in Philadelphia!

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  3. I'd love to see more of this happening. Inserting such a beautiful image into the otherwise mundane always inspires...

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  4. 'Teamster' and 'ballerina' in the same sentence, hahaha love it!!!! The photo of the dancer in the rain is absolutely stunning, and just an observation but her posture is pretty perfect.

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  5. That must have been quite the surprise to see his photograph on the cell phone! That one is my favorite, followed closely by the LOVE one. I must check out his website!

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  6. Very cool! This reminded me of something my photographer friend showed me a while ago called the Ballerina Project. Here's the website: http://ballerinaproject.com/

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    1. I love this too, esp. Bad Weather in Boston! and Colors in Williamsburg.

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  7. Very interesting! I agree with Mr. Fink!

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  8. Wow! What an amazing time at BEA! Thank you so much for sharing my Dancers Among Us project! For those of you eagerly awaiting my book release this fall by Workman Publishing, you can check out more of my Dancers Among Us photos at www.dancersamongus.com!

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  9. Those photos are amazing! My top 5 are the "Times Square", "Maddison Avenue", "Half Moon Bay, CA", "Skinnydipping in Chicago" and "Chicago-Erin Rye". These make me want to be a dancer!

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  10. Wow, these are incredible...I could look at them all day! Some of them really look like they are levitating. Dance must be such a freeing profession.

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  11. I checked out some of the other photos of dancers among us. It's a really amazing idea! If you have a chance to check out some of the others some of my favorites were, the one in Sarasota, FL. The one in Half Moon bay CA, and the one in Sanfrancisco. There were a ton though! All very unique and interesting.

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  12. Baron von MugenhausenJune 7, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    Wow those Pictures evoke such memories... especially when I auditioned for this show once, first problem was it was so packed, and I stood in a line and I was so nervous, so I begin to sing "I hope I get it Gosh I hope it get it" and some people near me were like 'Ssssshhhh' so then one of them goes out there and he thinks he's all that so I start yelling "Hey - I Can Do That!" and raced out on the stage and leapt up, stumbled, and split my pants. Professional that I am. I segued into a pied a tiere until a voice from back "Hey you there! This is a local theater production of 'Chorus Line' - not 'Stupid Human Tricks' at the local coffee bar -- Get Off the Stage." Nonplussed, I'll admit, I exited stage left... my dancing dreams shattered, knowing I was not One Singular Sensation (every move that he makes),
    Baron Von Mugenhausen

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    1. I am nonplussed at your ability to make me laugh, Herr Baron. Thank you for contributing to my humble blog!!

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  13. Thank you everyone for your appreciation. How wonderful it is to celebrate dance and dancers in other places besides the stage, where all too few people get to see the beauty and artistry they achieve through passion, talent, and hard work. The cost to their bodies is so extreme, so how great to show their stuff in other contexts, and for posterity.

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  14. These photos are incredible! I'm sure a permit was needed for that first one!

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