Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Yannick Lebrun by Howard Schatz
Howard Schatz photographed Yannick Lebrun, a wonderful dancer who was born and brought up in French Guiana, and is now with the Alvin Ailey Dance Company.How does one make a photograph of a dancer and have any hope of creating something as exciting as watching him or her dance?
The solution, Howard suggests, is that a photograph of a dancer is not dance, but rather its own art form. The dancer must perform for the camera, for the split second the shutter is open, as if for a live audience. Essentially, the image is the result of a highly skilled human being doing something physically for the sake of the briefest moment in time. This requires a dancer to perform differently from what he or she does in the fluid continuity of dance. In a sense, they must “become” a still picture, making something happen so that his or her image will “pop," seeming to come alive with energy despite the loss of movement. Not posing, but somehow stopping action.