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Jordan Matter
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13 Nov 2012
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.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Workman (13 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761171703
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761171706
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 19.8 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 165,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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They transform the ordinary into something quite extraordinary --Daily Mail

Dancers Among Us is a book that literally crackles with fire...This is my book of the year, by a long mile. Two Words. Buy it --Ballet News

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5.0 out of 5 stars A joyful look at dancers' out of context 15 Nov 2012
The subtitle of this book is `A celebration of joy in the everyday' and it is just that. Photographer Jordan Matter asked members of the Paul Taylor Dance Company based in New York to pose for him. He wanted to take the dancers' out of their usual context and to place them in unexpected situations. In this way he captures a moment which may be exhilarating, joyous, reflective or just plain witty. His first idea was to use dancers based in New York, this later became a much wider concept and he travelled around the United States photographing some very game dancers in some extremely demanding scenarios. The book is divided into different chapters, Dreaming, Loving, Playing, Exploring, Grieving, Working and Living, and every possibility is examined, explored and captured. He has written text to accompany the photographs, often to explain how it was that he was motivated by a particular situation and it is apparent that his wife and two children are the inspiration for most of what he does.
There is a note: `No trampolines or wires were used in the taking of the photographs in this book, and the dancers' poses have not been digitally enhanced or altered.' Taking this into account makes the pictures all the more remarkable, because dancers are often flying through the air or moving swiftly, and the need to capture the exact, right moment is a complicated technique.
From the first moment I began to look at this book I couldn't put it down, each page has a witty or apposite caption and there are quotes from writers - `I dwell in possibility' from Emily Dickinson or `Too much of a good thing can be wonderful' from Mae West.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! 3 Dec 2012
By Karen D
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Wow! Just went through this book I ordered on the basis of a review in the newspaper. What a wonderful read! I love anything to do with dance and have various pictures of dancers or bodies in movement in my house and this is a book I will return to again and again. I loved the quotes in the book, I loved the titles of each picture, I loved Jordan's occasional recollections on his family and also how the pictures were taken. I looked at the suggested website which showed the actual moment of capturing the scene and I am awestruck. At first glance you would think there was trick photography, but no...real stuff by amazing dancers. Favourite quote from Jordan's piece about how he fell in love with his wife and how love progresses...."Love is a series of memories. Today's passion is tomorrow's nostalgia......". I would recommend this book to all lovers of dance and/or photography or just how sheer imagination can capture a moment in time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A smile on every page 20 Dec 2013
By Mike
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Open it wherever you like, and you will find yourself with a grin on your face. How many books can achieve that?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and joyous 16 Jan 2013
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Just a lovely, gorgeous bunch of photos of dancers, well, among us, in everyday situations doing phenomenal things. A joy to look at, whether you enjoy the beautiful bodies, the creative poses and situations, the reactions or non-reactions of the other people in the pictures, or just the HEY WAKE UP absurdity that reminds us in the midst of our routines that we are in fact surrounded by the miraculous. Beautiful work, and a great gift for someone you love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great ideas and photography. 21 Mar 2014
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Well done to the dancers and photographer. Great ideas and left-field thinking. If you enjoy body form and action, I would recommend it to you. Wonderful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 3 Dec 2013
By Martin
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A different take on dance photography and a great project. Should inspire other portrait photographers as it did for me
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book 22 Nov 2013
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Fabulous book for dance lovers or photography lovers or both. Absolutely superb photographs that each contain some style of dancing in them. Amazing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautifull! 10 Nov 2013
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great moments of dancing life!you ll be amazed by tha fact that no wires have been used for these pictures!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice!
Gave this book to my friend for Christmas as she is a dancer! She was very happy with her gift!
Published 10 months ago by Kristina
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Jordan Matter's project 'Dancers Among Us' is so inspiring, it really is a celebration of joy in the everyday that shines forth from every image and made me feel good just as an... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Gillian B Keeley
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