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Mikhail Baryshnikov: Merce My Way Hardcover – Jan 2009

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: The Baryshnikov Foundation (Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982172605
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982172605
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 27.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,370,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mikhail Baryshnikov Mikhail Baryshnikov, a photographer most of his adult life, has turned his lens on dance, and here pays vibrant homage to the work of master choreographer Merce Cunningham. In his introduction to "Merce My Way" Baryshnikov writes, "Watching Cunningham's dances through the eye of a lens is a lesson in the extremes and restraints of a dancer's body... to a dancer, such nakedness is revelatory." This volume offers 85 of Baryshnikov's striking, never-before-published color images, in which he seizes the essence of Cunningham's choreography by anticipating the dancers' motions and capturing the streaming fluidity of the dance. His images are radiant and electric-...

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dilberto on 16 Jan. 2012
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Superficially an attractive book with high quality presentation and a smart design, the contents are deeply disappointing, the photographic equivalent of daubs, and one suspects of no value to anyone who is interested in the movement and spirit and precision which underlies all dance. The pictures are vibrant and colourful but intentionally blurred, and to such a degree that many of the dancers pictured are so rendered for it to be impossible to tell the men from the women - let alone one pose or movement from another. Cunningham was clearly an important and pioneering choreographer, and Baryshnikov enjoyed the dancing career his talents richly deserved. He's no photographer, however; or if he is this wasteful and expensive volume cannot be representative and does him (and Cunningham) no credit whatever. On almost every page it is impossible to see what is going on, and instead one is left with abstract washes of colour which say nothing about the photographer's art or the dancer's. What a waste of money.
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Merce/Baryshnikov 3 Dec. 2012
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Lovely book of dance images! Sometimes I feel like I've "seen it all" in dance photography, but here the view is different! I enjoyed paging through it and know the person I'm giving it to will also enjoy it. What a treat!
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