Art of Photographing Dance

Rose Eichenbaum, Program Director | August 21-26

Directed by award-winning dance photographer Rose Eichenbaum, photographers will focus on developing a more highly attuned photographic eye, personal aesthetic, and build confidence behind the lens. In addition to honing technical skills, students will work toward an understanding of the mechanics and vocabulary of dance movement while strengthening communication skills to work with dancer-models collaboratively, safely, and effectively. Assignments will be broad in range and scope to enhance the photographer’s capabilities for creating action shots, portraits, documentary, commercial and editorial work, and fine art images. Sessions will take place in studios, on the stage, and in site-specific locations on and around the beautiful Pillow grounds. Photographers will also attend Festival performances, rehearsals, and events, and have access to the renowned Jacob’s Pillow Archives in this fully dance-immersive experience.

Required Equipment

  • SLR Digital Camera/lenses
  • Laptop with Photoshop, Lightroom, or other editing capability
  • External USB hard drive (thumb-drive or other)
  • Current portfolio–digital or print for first session

Optional Items

  • Tripod or monopod
  • Hand held light meter
  • Property Insurance is strongly recommended

For 13 photographers with prior photography training, age 16 and up. Prior dance photography experience is not required.

2018 Art of Dance Photography Faculty

Rose Eichenbaum

Rose Eichenbaum is an award-winning photographer and one of the most respected photojournalists working in the arts today. A former dancer and graduate student in Dance Ethnology at University of California Los Angeles set the groundwork for a career dedicated to teaching, research, photographic documentation, and the investigation of artistic creativity through performance.

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