Perpetual Motion: A Journey Through Dance Photography From the New York Times Archives
Six months ago, the newly formed Past Tense team began sifting through the treasure chest that is the New York Times archive, where some six million photographs are filed away. Photographs of dance quickly emerged as some of the most compelling, vivid images. Much of what we’ve highlighted here are pictures of ordinary people: slow dancing, doing the Twist, moshing in the pit and moving mid-mambo.
Images of choreographers and professional dancers — like Misty Copeland, our guest editor, whose commentary you see below — are also scattered throughout. In them, we find not just the highest elevation of the form, but a metaphor for possibility that extends far beyond the realm of dance. — VERONICA CHAMBERS
Picture below is captioned “STUDENTS AT THE DUKE ELLINGTON SCHOOL OF THE ARTS” Washington, D.C., 1985. Paul Hosefros/The New York Times Click here for full article. (New York Times)