Art of Photographing Dance

Art of Photographing Dance

Directed by award-winning dance photographer Rose Eichenbaum, program 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, they 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, editorial, and fine art images. Sessions will take place in studios, on the stage, and in site-specific locations on the beautiful Pillow grounds. Photographers will also have access to Festival performances, rehearsals, events, onsite meals in the resident dining hall, and the renowned Jacob’s Pillow Archives in this truly dance-immersive experience.

As an additional opportunity for career advancement, one image will be selected by Program Director Rose Eichenbaum to be featured in the December issue of Dance Teacher Magazine.

Off-site and discounted housing with transportation to and from the Pillow is available on a first-come basis; further details provided upon acceptance notification.

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

History of Photography at Jacob’s Pillow

The Pillow has nurtured rich and fruitful relationships with dance photographers for 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. Leading photographers including Lois Greenfield, Annie Leibovitz, and Philip Trager have discussed their work in public talks. In recent years, many renowned photographers have shot at the Pillow, including Christopher Duggan, Rose Eichenbaum, Jordan Matter, Toby Old, and Mike Van Sleen. Jacob’s Pillow annually offers a 15-week Festival Photography Internship.

Program Director

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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