Art of Photographing Dance

Art of Photographing Dance | August 20—25

Rose Eichenbaum, Program Director

Artist Faculty: Whitney Browne, Christopher Duggan, and guest speakers to be announced. Read more about Artist Faculty.
For 13 photographers with prior photography training, ages 16 and up. Prior dance-photography experience is not required.

Directed by award-winning dance photographer and author Rose Eichenbaum, participants have the rare opportunity to elevate their photographic skills while developing a more highly attuned eye and personal aesthetic. Photographers work closely with celebrated guest artists of the Festival to complete wide-ranging and challenging daily assignments that involve creating action shots, portraits, documentary, commercial, editorial, and fine art images. In this historic landmark setting amidst the lush and beautiful Pillow grounds—inspiration abounds!

Photographers will learn to design and direct shoots, apply the principles of photography, gain an understanding of dance movement and vocabulary, strengthen communication skills to work with dancer-models collaboratively, safely, and effectively, and become more confident behind the lens. Sessions will take place in studios, on stages, and in site-specific locations on and around the Pillow grounds.

This truly dance-immersive experience includes onsite meals in the famous Stone Dining Hall, researching in the renowned Jacob’s Pillow Archives, and attending Festival performances, rehearsals, exhibitions, events, and enriching after-hour conversations. Check out companies performing in Festival 2019.

History of Photography at Jacob’s Pillow

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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.

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Program Director

Rose Eichenbaum

Rose Eichenbaum is an award-winning photographer and one of the most respected photojournalists working in the arts today. With more than 25 years of teaching experience, she brings a unique and intimate approach to her workshops and artist residencies.

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Visit Jacob's Pillow Dance Interactive to view an ever-growing collection of dance videos filmed at Jacob's Pillow from the 1930's to today.