Henry Leutwyler

Ballet - Photographs of the New York City Ballet



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Henry Leutwyler


After four years of collaboration with choreographer Peter Martins and the New York City Ballet, Henry Leutwyler was granted unprecedented backstage access to the Company during the winter of 2012. The resulting book, Ballet, reflects thirty years of his passion for the art form, realized in thirty days of photography. Leutwyler inhabited the shadows of the stage and became “invisible,” recording images of the dancers using nothing more than his 35mm Leica. He was able to explore the performers’ personal space, affording a more abstract portrait-a visual slice of their frenzied existence in an art form predicated on perfection. Ballet is an homage to the gritty universe from behind the curtain, and a complement to its ethereal beauty as viewed from the front row. With impresario Lincoln Kirstein, George Balanchine co-created the New York City Ballet in 1948. What followed is arguably one the most revolutionary periods in ballet history as he redefined the art form, introducing abstract works performed with a signature speed, musicality, and precision. Under the leadership of Peter Martins, these are the hallmarks of the Company to this day.

Additional information

Weight 2445 g
Dimensions 22.5 x 30.6 cm
Publisher name Steidl
Publication date 1 September 2015
Number of pages 488
Format Hardback
Dimensions 22.5 x 30.6 cm
Weight 2445 g


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