To me, life without art is a definite impossibility.
Mikhail Baryshnikov

Born in Riga (Latvia) on 1948, Mikhail Nikolaevich Baryshnikov is one of the greatest classical ballet dancers of the 20th century. “For two decades I used a conventional 35mm camera, and practiced traditional landscapes, portraits and travel shots in primarily black and white. I made a point of rejecting obvious opportunities to photograph dance, thinking the results were boring and unnecessary. Then, going through some old books of dance photography – notably Alexey Brodovitch’s Ballet, and Paul Himmel’s 1954 Ballet in Action – I discovered that abandoning the crystalline image in favor of blurred edges and amorphous figures approximates the excitement of dance in performances.”

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LFTD: Untitled #33 Mark Morris Dance Group in “Grand Duo” by Mark Morris

Mikhail Baryshnikov

Mikhail Baryshnikov

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