Led by award-winning dance photographer Rose Eichenbaum, this workshop focuses on the art of photographing dance and dancers. Capture the beauty of the physical body, the essence of a dancer's gesture, the choreographer's vision, and the spirit of performance, to produce stunning visual images. 

Increase your understanding of the principles of dance photography: lighting, composition, perspective, and the interface with the temporal and bodily nature of dance. The workshop provides classes, shooting sessions with professional contemporary dancers in varied locations and situations, individual and group critiques, and immersion in the performance and educational offerings of the world renowned Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. 

Students will be encouraged to bring their own imagination, creativity and innate sensibility to the making of their photos. The most compelling dance photographs reveal not only the athletic prowess of their subjects but the artistry with which the images were conceived and executed.

Topics and assignments will include: 

  • Choreographing your own dance photos
  • The essential dance portrait
  • Action shots
  • Photos for dance marketing
  • Dance documentation
  • The creation of fine art dance images

Participants develop their photographic eye and unique aesthetic, hone technical skills, build portfolios, gain familiarity with the mechanics and vocabulary of dance movement, and learn to communicate with dancer-models collaboratively, safely, and effectively.

For aspiring professional and advanced amateur photographers, with a working knowledge of digital photography and basic Photoshop or Lightroom, ages 18 and up. 

The Jacob's Pillow Experience
Lauded as "a hub and mecca for dancing" (TIME), Jacob's Pillow offers workshop participants the chance to dive into the world of dance while in residence on the historic and bucolic campus, among an international community of artists and dance lovers. 

  • Attend Festival performances
  • Work side by side with significant and emerging dance artists
  • Attend Festival artist talks, film screenings, exhibitions, tours, and open rehearsals
  • Follow your special interests in the Archives' rich resources of videos, historic films, photographs, and programs representing over a century of dance.

Sample Daily Schedule
7:30-9:30 Early bird shoot assignment (optional)
8:00-9:30am Breakfast
8:00-9:00am Community Dance Class (optional)
9:30-11:00am Critique of photos, preparation for shoots
11:00-12:15pm Workshop Session
12:15-1:15 Lunch
1:30-5:00 Shooting sessions, live rehearsals, and setups
5:00-6:00 Dinner
6:15-7:00 Attend Inside/Out performance
7:30-7:45 Pre-Show Talk by Pillow Scholar (optional)
8:00-10:00 Attend theater performance or edit photos in lab

Evening options:
Attend Post-Show Talk (Thurs and Fri)
Social time in The Pub among dance artists, faculty, and staff
Personal editing time
Festival Finale Party with artists (Saturday)

Sessions officially begin Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at noon.  Participants traveling very long distances can make arrangements for early arrival by contacting Sarah Fujiwara at sfujiwara@jacobspillow.org or 413.243.9919 x175.

Photography at Jacob's Pillow
The Pillow has nurtured rich and fruitful relationships with dance photographers over eight decades, beginning in the 1930s with John Lindquist and continuing with John Van Lund in the 1940s and Jack Mitchell in the 1950s. The Archives at Jacob's Pillow houses tens of thousands of dance photos and negatives, including images by George Platt Lynes, Edward Weston, Barbara Morgan, and George Hoyningen-Huene. Annual exhibits showcase and give insight into dance and dance photography, and leading photographers including Annie Leibovitz and Philip Trager have discussed their work in public talks. In recent years, many renowned photographers have shot at the Pillow, including Rose Eichenbaum, Mike Van Sleen, Christopher Duggan, and Toby Old. Every summer Jacob's Pillow also offers a 15-week internship in Photojournalism.



The Art of Photographing Dance
at Jacob's Pillow

For aspiring professional and advanced amateur photographers

Rose Eichenbaum | Program Director
6 days, 5 nights
August 25-30, 2015

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