The mystery of the body in motion. The surprise of seeing what seems impossible. And the pure, joyful optimism of it all. "Dancers Among Us" presents one thrilling photograph after another of dancers leaping, spinning, lifting, kicking - but in the midst of daily life: on the beach, at a construction site, in a library, a restaurant, a park. With each image the reader feels buoyed up, eager to see the next bit of magic. Photographer Jordan Matter started his Dancers Among Us Project by asking a member of the Paul Taylor Dance Company to dance for him in a place where dance is unexpected. So, dressed in a commuter's suit and tie, the dancer flew across a Times Square subway platform. And in that image Matter found what he'd been searching for: a way to express the feeling of being fully alive in the moment, unself-conscious, present. Organized around themes of work, play, love, exploration, dreaming, and more, "Dancers Among Us" celebrates life in a way that's fresh, surprising, original, universal. There's no photo-shopping here, no trampolines, no gimmicks, no tricks. Just a photographer, his vision, and the serendipity of what happens when the shutter clicks.
It's a rare book that contains anything of interest on the copyright page, but this caught my eye: 'No trampolines or other devices were used in the taking of the photographs in this book, and the dancers' poses have not been digitally enhanced or altered.' It's not hard to see why the author felt that such a disclaimer was necessary; the photographs in this book are unbelievable.
-- "Redbook" Bodies of breathtaking grace and agility transform ordinary spaces, seemingly defying gravity as they plie and pirouette through busy streets, a record shop, along a heliport tarmac, and under the Santa Monica boardwalk.
--O, The Oprah Magazine
-- "The Washington Post" "The pictures in Dancers Among Us of pro hoofers getting their jete on in public is a call to find the joy in everyday life--and to give in to that urge to boogie no matter where or when it hits you.
-- "Dance magazine" "In his shots of dancers in flight on sidewalks and city streets -- excitable superheroes among us -- Matter has produced a series of mini-musicals, frozen in time but full of energy."
--The Washington Post
-- "Smithsonian magazine" "Honest and spontaneous, his pictures are sure to resonate with dancers and non-dancers alike."
-- "Alan Cumming" "Eye-popping fun."
-The Chicago Sun-Times
-- "Alan Cumming"