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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing (13 Oct. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761189335
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761189336
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 2.3 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Thrilling and breathtaking photographs of professional dancers and performers posing naked at night. It's a celebration of the outrageous, the unlikely and courage to say yes. BUST.com

We are loving this celebration of strength, adventure, risk and fearless beauty! ESSENCE.com "

"Thrilling and breathtaking photographs of professional dancers and performers posing naked at night. It's a celebration of the outrageous, the unlikely -- and courage to say yes." --BUST.com

"We are loving this celebration of strength, adventure, risk and fearless beauty!" --ESSENCE.com

About the Author

Jordan Matter is the author of the New York Times bestseller Dancers Among Us. He and his work have been featured on television, in print, online, and in exhibitions throughout the world, including Buzzfeed, ABC World News Tonight, Today, the BBC, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, #1 on Reddit, Daily Mail U.K., O, The Oprah Magazine, NPR, and the Savina Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul, Korea. Matter lives with his wife and two children in New York.


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By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Oct. 2016
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Jordan Matter gives us here another wonderfully beautiful book, which takes in the human body, nude and shows the poise and elegance that can be achieved. I know some people will be looking at this wondering if it will give them some titillation, but I should point out that this is not that type of book; there is pornography and erotica, and then this which transcends into pure art.

This book is sorted out into sections, so you start off with a short word from Mr Matter and then you have four sections which are Ferocity, Stability, Vulnerability, and Ecstasy. After this we have an interesting section which takes in behind the scenes, where we find out more about the photos, how they were achieved and other such information.

The photos, which are a collection of both colour and black and white are truly inspirational to gaze upon and remind us all of the power and elegance of the human body. The photos also show the location and time they were taken, making you realise what an undertaking such a project as this is. With the majority here taken in the US there are also others from Canada and Europe, including our good old Blighty. To look out for are the two pictures of a woman, one whilst she is pregnant and the latter after the birth, when she is holding her baby, which are really beautiful.

With both the male and female body on display here this is something that you end up wanting to view again and again as you realise that it does take co-ordination and strength to hold some of these poses, and makes you wonder just how Jordan Matter managed to get a picture captured at just the right moment.

The behind the scenes piece here is certainly well worth reading as it gives you a really good insight into how the photos were taken, and the sort of problems that can arise.

I was very kindly provided with a free review copy of this by the publisher via NetGalley for a completely impartial and unbiased review.
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What an extraordinary collection of photographs, and what a daring and exciting project! Dancers photographed naked in various sites around the world, many of them major tourist spots. The photos are taken at night or in the early morning, often with the general public in situ – sometimes unaware that a naked dancer crouches or hangs overhead.

The poses range from a balletic stance, balanced atop an upright bottle (honestly!), to the middle of a freezing cold river, complete with snow covered rocks, to dancers balanced on a bridge railing. The venues include sites in Paris, Berlin, London, Stockholm, New York and Chicago. One picture even features British actor Alan Cumming. It’s wild. It’s nuts. But it’s completely stunning.

There’s a great section giving some background to the taking of the photos too.
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The results of this project are extraordinary, exquisite and utterly life-affirming. A book to really savour, the images elicited in me joy, wonder, admiration, respect, and a great appreciation for the reciprocal courage and trust expressed by the photographer and dancers.
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Good Book
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4.0 out of 5 stars Photos: 5 stars, Kindle version: 2 stars 22 Oct. 2016
By Douglas H. - Published on Amazon.com
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First of all, I love dance photography and I love the photos in this book. Hats off to the photographer and the gutsy dancers, gymnasts, and circus performers who braved weather, grimy settings, peeping toms and the police to pull this work off.

I can't give this the five stars it deserves because with the Kindle version of the book, there is no way to enlarge the text or zoom in on the photos. Each page is basically a static version of the book layout. You can look at the photos on your phone or a standard size Kindle, but unless you have really good eyes, you will not be able to read the text. I will most likely order the "dead tree" version of Dancers After Dark.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creative, wonderful, amazing dancers, locations and color / B&W photos. A gem for family for the coffee table / master bedroom. 28 Nov. 2016
By Aotearoa_Kiwi - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book.

Wonderful photos.

Creative photographer and dancers.

Amazing poses to 'expose' us to the art of dancing, dancing positions, diversity of dancers, diversity of scenes / places, ...

Put out a second and third book for 'Dancers during the Day' or 'Dancers at Day Break', ...

Love to see non-city alternative settings for a future book in other countries that USA and Western-Europe. NZ, Australia, Indonesia, Africa, Russia, Japan, ...

Nice to see explanations of how the dancers were staged, prepared, lit, focus, cropped, ...

My favorite is the woman dancer in CA coast at sunset - beautiful setting (beach / rocks / water), sunset colors, dancer pose and poise, ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Concept Execution 1 Dec. 2016
By J. S. Porter - Published on Amazon.com
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Even though the pictured dancers are in superb physical shape, it’s amazing none were injured while striking the athletic poses in, on and around the locations used in the book. Even more amazing, the often quickly-posed photos don’t reveal a single crotch, male or female!

The photos are roughly half color, half black & white. Both work and reproduction is excellent. A number of photos are printed across the binding, but generally this doesn’t detract from the image – kudos to the art director. My only complaint, probably echoed by many buying the book, is that it’s too small. Howard Schatz’ similarly-themed “Passion & Line” is a majestic 11x14” and printed on heavy stock. “Dancers After Dark” deserves to be printed larger than a textbook.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The pictures are amazing and have a wide variety of scenes 18 Oct. 2016
By Joseph Faisal Nusairat - Published on Amazon.com
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I had been watching Jordan's instagram posts for a while so i had an idea what i was in store for, but was blown away with the final results.

Ordered the hard cover which comes with an ice sleeve as well. All the pictures are very well done, many are in NYC and many are overseas as well. The pictures are amazing and have a wide variety of scenes. Anywhere from sleek urban settings, to ice water in Colorado. Its also interesting that he time stamps the pictures, so in the city pics you have an idea what would be going on at that time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful 17 Nov. 2016
By Lieven Leroy - Published on Amazon.com
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Beautiful layered compositions, clever use of light, graceful poses, and a touch of humor.

From Mr. Matter's earlier work, I knew his captures of dancers would be amazing. But here he worked in low light, often with limited time, and still outdid my expectations. The book is a real treat.
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