Jordan Matter, who was living the dream as a successful actor, wasn’t interested in carrying the lens around his neck until an exhibit by another world-famous photographer awakened in him something he didn’t know existed. Kismet! What started as a passion grew into a bustling career, and in 2009 Matter began work on his Dancers Among Us project, in which he photographs “professional dancers in everyday situations throughout America”. Watch for the book from Workman Publishing, due out this fall (October 21).
I attended a performance by the Paul Taylor Dance Company, and I knew immediately that I had found my collaborators. Asking dancers to embody these ideals makes perfect sense. Dancers are storytellers … They create a fantasy world, offering us a deeper look into familiar settings. They bring to life what we feel but are unable to express physically.”
The Dancers Among Us book will span 240 pages, and will feature over 150 different dancers from 35 cities and towns. In the back of the book there is a section titled, “About the Photographs,” where Matter tells some of my favorite stories and highlight some of his very favorite Dancers Among Us images. Be sure to click through the gallery to have a look at some of the amazing pictures.
Link to the book pre-sale.