Original title: Lois Greenfield – Capturing the beauty of movement
Works by new york artist, Lois Greenfield — internationally recognized for her highly personal approach to depicting motion using the medium of dancers’ bodies—are on display at Montreal’s galerie Nuedge. Her unique style has radically redefined the genre and influenced a generation of photographers.
Praised by her peers and commissioned to create signature images for the world’s most renowned dance companies, Greenfield is also recognized for her work with commercial clients like Disney, Pepsi, AT&T, Sony, and Rolex, who have understood the metaphorical potential of her vision.
Lois began her career as a photojournalist in the 1970s, working for the Village Voice and New York Times. Although she photographed dance rehearsals and choreographed performances, she found she was unable to satisfy her profound desire to serve the needs of photography. She did not want to simply chronicle what happened on stage; she wanted to control every aspect of the photo in a studio.
“I’ve spent the last 40 years of my photographic career investigating movement and its expressive potential. My inspiration has always been photography’s ability to stop time and reveal what the naked eye cannot see. What intrigues me is making images that confound and confuse the viewer, but that the viewer knows, or suspects, really happened. The ostensible subject of my photographs may be motion, but the subtext is time. A dancer’s movements illustrate the passage of time, giving it a substance, materiality, and space. In my photographs, time is stopped, a split second becomes an eternity, and an ephemeral moment is as solid sculpture. I prefer to work outside the constraints of choreography, collaborating with dancers on improvised, non-repeatable, often high-risk moments.”
Her masterful photographs—sometimes printed life-size—are all single exposures captured in camera, and seem to defy the laws of gravity, the dancers floating in space. The movement captured is such a precise instant, 1/2000th of a second, that the play of elements surrounding the dancers creates incredibly fluid sculptures of surprisingly light, muscular bodies.
Following the release of her book, Lois Greenfield, Moving Still, she toured an accompanying exhibit in the United States, Russia, China and Colombia. In New York, she leads two-day intensive workshops, in which she explains how she produces her crystal-clear images and creates sculptural lighting for bodies in motion. Participants not only practise her technique, they enhance their ability to “see” the elusive moment of capture. Lois also offers private workshops and portfolio reviews, a dream for both emerging and professional photographers.