Dancer: Jessica Daley @ FDR Skate Park
Philadelphia has not only an abundance of talented dancers and performance artists, but also a dedicated group of photographers, who capture, preserve and promote dance in the region.
While photographic exhibitions in the region have focused on a variety of subject matter, none have been dedicated exclusively to dance. For this reason, the First Philadelphia Dance Photo Expo will premiere on December 6th & 7th at the Globe Dye Works building in Philadelphia.
This exhibition seeks to raise the awareness of the public as to the variety of dance genres and artists who present in Philadelphia. According to Juan Irizarry, producer, “It is a channel for exposing talented dancers in the area and bringing in artists from photography and dance together “.
Although each photographer has their own unique style, the common thread that unites them all is their love for dance arts and the dance community. For the dance photographers “it is not just a business, it is much more than that, there is true passion and admiration for the dancers that we work with.” Juan goes on to add, “for me personally I feel as if I have been adopted into one big family and I treat those who I work with as such.” This sentiment can be seen in each photographer’s dynamic and vibrant images that they capture.
First Philadelphia Dance Photo Expo
Saturday December 6 and Sunday December 7 from 6:30pm till 10:30pm
Globe Dye Works, 4500 Worth St, Philadelphia, PA 19124
Event is FREE and open to the public.
Refreshments, snacks and other libations will be served, feel free to BYOB.
For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/372956176196170/
I am often asked why I photograph dance. I came to photography because I was going through depression and it was something that helped me cope. That’s how it began, a tool to help me survive. I could frame a moment in time and that gave me back a sense of control. I could control that frozen moment in time. It gave me back my center.
Now I would say the vision is the pursuit of beauty, symmetry, color and contrasts. But, most importantly to capture that fleeting moment when in the human experience, a center holds long enough to give birth to what could be said, is eternal. That 1/500th of a second where all the energies in the human heart ,body and spirit fuse together as one beautiful musical note. That’s why I photograph dance. To remind me of the potential in all of us to be beautiful , serene and at peace. That moment will always be short lived, but I have learned through many painful experiences to live a lifetime in a quiet moment. I have many such moments and I am very happy about that…
A native Philadelphian, Vikki Sloviter lives in Wynnewood with her husband, four kids and two bullmastiffs. She is a natural-light, on-location ballet and portrait photographer. Last year one of her documentary images was on display in the National Constitution Center as part of their Pulitzer Prize Photographs “Capture the Moment” contest, she was a monthly finalist for the international Shoot the Face portrait contest, and most recently she won Visit Philly’s “Phillyosophy” billboard contest where her black and white image of a ballet dancer on the Art Museum steps appears on a billboard above I-95 welcoming visitors to the city. She is thrilled to be a part of the 1st Annual Philadelphia Dance Photo Expo, her first exhibition. Visit her website www.vikkiphoto.com to see what she’s up to.
Bill Hebert (pronounced AY-BEAR), has been photographing dance performances in Philadelphia and New York for 11 years now. He has worked such artists in Philadelphia as BalletX, Alchemy Dance, Rennie Harris Puremovement(RHPM), BalletX, Winged Woman Dance/Tina Heuges, Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, Koresh Dance, the Monarch Dance Company and Group Motion among many others. NY based and touring companies
Bill has had the pleasure of working with include: the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Nederlands Dans Theater, Synthesis Dance Project, Parsons Dance, Doug
Varone & Dancers and Camille A. Brown and Dancers. Bill has also had the pleasure of participating in three photography workshops with world renowned dance photographer
Bill’s philosophy and mission is to “Capture the Essence of the Moment” and give the work a life beyond the stage. Bill Hebert is currently photographer for Temple University’s dance department.
Frank Bicking started his journey into photography 4 years ago, as he developed his skills he started volunteering his time to local charities. His love for dance photography comes from photographing his daughter who is training as a dancer with a local school. Frank has been photographing live performances for over a year and has had the privilege to work with many talented artists from dozens of professional companies. Frank looks forward to developing his talents not only with live performances but with individual sessions as well.
Stephanie Ramones, Venezuelan Native, raised in Miami, FL. and currently residing in Philadelphia, PA, has been behind a lens since she was 8 years old.
After taking a hiatus to pursue an education in psychology, Stephanie began shooting photography and films professionally in 2013, specializing in event and dance photography. Stephanie likes to focus most of her dance photography and films on the social, behind the scenes, and performance aspects of dance, with a journalistic approach, having been a Latin Dance Company member herself.
Deborah Boardman Lefevre – http://www.debbieboardman.com/
Deborah Boardman Lefevre was born in Haddonfield, NJ and is one of six children. Born to a Japanese mother and an English father, her life was full of influences from the two cultures, both in the arts and sciences. Deborah trained as a classical ballet dancer in a boarding school outside of Chicago, and returned to the east coast in 1976 to become a member of The Pennsylvania Ballet. Her performing days lasted only 4 short years though, and in 1980 a serious back injury ended her promising career. Her sister Andrea, who trained alongside of Deborah at The National Academy of Dance, had a very illustrious career though, dancing for Les Grandes Ballet Canadiennes for 22 years as their principal dancer. At 51 she just retired 2 years ago, and Canada designed a first class stamp to honor her celebrated career.
Having a great passion for photography even before her dance career ended, Deborah opened her own studio in 1980 and for the last 34 years has developed a huge client base of performing artists, corporate offices, non-profits, and hospitality clients. Her expertise from her days of performing with Pennsylvania Ballet make her the perfect match for those artists needing audition photos- and that is her true love…photographing dancers and documenting their amazing bodies as if they were bronze sculptures.
Michael Shi – Colors of Dance Project
Michael Shi, the creator of the “Colors of Dance” project, is a Chinese photographer in New York. Michael began the project when he was an MBA student at Penn State in the Fall of 2012. After moving to New York from Pennsylvania, he decided to make this venture a long-term exploration of fleeting dance art, an effort which must be captured in a split second. Each photograph is an amalgamation of dance as art, fashion design, color variance, beautiful landscape and an expression of freedom.
Dancers: Oui Dance
Juan Irizarry is a Philadelphia based photographer, founder of the Philadelphia Dance Photo Project. Juan seeks to showcase the city’s beautiful architecture, important history and diverse people through photographs that incorporate the vibrant and growing Philadelphia dance community. The Philadelphia Dance Photo Project has not been limited to just ballet, but seeks to capture all genres of dance. Juan became a professional photographer in 2007, he has served as president of local camera club’s, taught workshops on the basics of photography and won several international photography contests. Additionally he has a successful career as an IT professional specializing in database administration spanning more than 2 decades.