Henry Leutwyler Releases BALLET, PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE NEW YORK CITY BALLET Book; Exhibition on View at Foley Gallery thru Jan 6


Ballet, Photographs of the New York City Ballet, is a book by Henry Leutwyler that is the culmination of four years of collaboration between the internationally-renowned portrait photographer and the New York City Ballet.

After several years of collaborating with the Company on its acclaimed advertising and promotional campaigns, which featured studio portraits of all of NYCB’s dancers photographed over the course of three years, Leutwyler was next granted unprecedented backstage access to New York City Ballet’s theater and rehearsal studios at Lincoln Center.

The result is an extraordinary 488-page, hardcover book, featuring 270 photographs, that has been published by Steidl, one of the world’s most distinguished printers and publishers of fine art and photography books.

In conjunction with the release of Ballet, New York City’s Foley Gallery, located at 97 Allen Street, will also show an exhibition of selected photographs from Leutwyler’s book, which will be on display from today, November 28, 2012 through January 6, 2013.

Divided into five sections, Ballet gives viewers a rare look at the inner workings of one of the world’s greatest dance organizations. For the behind-the-scenes images, Leutwyler spent more than 30 days during NYCB’s 2012 winter and spring seasons, photographing throughout the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, the home of the New York City Ballet.

Beginning with daily Company class led by NYCB Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins, the book progresses to images taken in rehearsal studios and dressing rooms, culminating with a unique series of photographs taken from various backstage vantage points while the 80 plus dancers of the New York City Ballet perform more than 20 works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Peter Martins, Alexei Ratmansky, and Christopher Wheeldon.

The final section of the book features nearly 60 of Leutwyler’s original portraits of NYCB’s dancers, some of which are being published for the first time ever, including images of all the Company’s Principal Dancers.

“During his time with the Company, Henry was able to become invisible in a way, which enabled him to experience our world like an insider, capturing both the hard and often gritty day-to- day work, as well as the exquisite performances that our dancers present every night, all photographed from a perspective that few audience members ever get to see,” said NYCB’s Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins.

“It was an extraordinary experience to inhabit this special world,” says Leutwyler, “and with these images I wanted to showcase the daily rituals and intense dedication of these artists who devote their lives to the unbelievable beauty that they create at every performance.”