“I had a fantastic time shooting Dancers Among Us in Philadelphia this weekend. The talent across the U.S. never ceases to amaze me!”
Photo by Jordan Matter. MM2 Dancers DaQuinn Lloyd and Michael Nguyen.
MM2 company members DaQuinn Lloyd and Michael Nguyen had the opportunity to work this past weekend with renowned photographer, Jordan Matter, who was shooting in Philadelphia as part of his “Dancers Among Us” tour. In a recent deal with Workman Publishing, a national book release of Dancers Among Us, is tentatively scheduled for the spring of 2013.
In 2009, photographer Jordan Matter began a series of shots capturing dancers in motion throughout New York. The initial project, featured members of the Paul Taylor and Martha Graham Dance Companies, as well as settings like Yankee Stadium and the New York Public Library. “In the photographs they (the dancers) are away from the stage, yet they cannot leave dance behind. As they go about their daily routines, they do so as dancers,” according to Matter in a NBC New York interview. “It’s a stylized way of saying, they’re always dancing, even if they’re just picking up the groceries or crossing the street.”
For his upcoming book release, Jordan hopes to photograph dancers in every region of the United States, and to create a book truly representative of America. Were glad that Philadelphia was on his list of stops!
Jordan spent over 15 hours shooting in Philadelphia starting at the art museum steps as the crack of dawn and finishing at what he called “the most crowded cheese steak joint on the planet”, namely Geno’s in South Philadelphia. Along the way, he got a bit tired, so our two dancers helped him out by giving him a lift!
Learn more about Jordan Matter, Dancers Among Us and view simply inspiring photography on his web site, www.jordanmatter.com
***Photo by Jennifer Jones, NYC Dancer/Choreographer/Teacher