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Clth, 8.75 x 12 in. / 408 pgs / 214 color.

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Catalog: SPRING 2015 p. 52   

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Henry Leutwyler: Ballet

Photographs of the New York City Ballet

Introduction by Peter Martins.

Featured image is reproduced from <I>Henry Leutwyler: Ballet</I>.

An homage to the dancers and choreographers of the New York City Ballet, Leutwyler's book of color dance photography is a masterpiece in its own right.

After four years of collaboration with choreographer Peter Martins and the New York City Ballet, Swiss portrait photographer Henry Leutwyler was granted unprecedented backstage access to the Company during the winter of 2012. The resulting book, Ballet, reflects 30 years of his passion for the art form, realized in 30 days of photographing. Leutwyler inhabited the shadows of the stage and became "invisible," recording images of the dancers using nothing more than his 35mm Leica. He was able to explore the performers' immediate space, affording a more abstract portrait of their frenzied existence in an art form predicated on perfection. This clothbound masterpiece is an homage to the gritty world behind the curtain. With impresario Lincoln Kirstein, George Balanchine co-created the New York City Ballet in 1948. What followed is arguably one the most revolutionary periods in ballet history as he redefined the art form, introducing abstract works performed with a signature speed, musicality and precision. Under the leadership of Peter Martins, these are the hallmarks of the Company to this day, and this book—with its candid, impressionistic action shots and exquisite use of color—serves as a beautiful tribute to the New York City Ballet's cultural and artistic presence. This new, slimmer edition of Ballet excludes the section of additional performance documentation.
Born in Switzerland in 1961, Henry Leutwyler moved to Paris in 1985, where he apprenticed with photographer Gilles Tapie and rapidly established himself as an editorial photographer. A decade later, he moved to New York City. Today, Leutwyler's celebrity portraits can be found in the pages of Vogue, Vanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Esquire Magazine and Time. He has photographed the likes of Michelle Obama, Julia Roberts, Tom Wolfe, Rihanna and Martin Scorsese, to name only a few. Leutwyler lives and works in downtown Manhattan.

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New York Journal of Books

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...this is a penetrating and unique achievement that pushes the art of dance photography in new directions.

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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/22/2015

Henry Leutwyler: Ballet

Henry Leutwyler: Ballet

Swiss-born Henry Leutwyler's 408-page, gold-edged, shimmering clothbound Ballet collects more than 200 exquisite behind-the-scenes photographs of the New York City Ballet practicing, resting, preparing and performing during the Winter 2012 season. Masterfully printed on gorgeous matte paper, the book is so thoroughly and perfectly inked that one can smell the saturation long before the covers part. In his introduction, Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins remarks, "In my time leading the New York City Ballet I have collaborated with a wide range of artists—composers, scenic and lighting designers, conductors, costume and fashion designers, even an architect and a pop music icon. But never have I collaborated so extensively with a single photographer. … While entry behind the scenes has become more commonplace in today's age of all-access, we have never allowed the lens of a sole photographer to document our processes in such an intimate way… 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. Juxtaposed with a selection of his stunning studio portraits, a true sense of the Company is achieved." See more books from our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide. continue to blog


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Henry Leutwyler: Document

HENRY LEUTWYLER: DOCUMENT

Introduction by Karen Eileen Overbey.

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Introduction by Peter Martins.

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Introduction by Peter Martins.

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