For his first book, photographer Matthew Brookes has turned his lens upon the professional male ballet dancers of Paris. Over the course of a year, he took these dancers out of their regular environment of rehearsals and performances and photographed them in a raw space in which they were allowed to explore the physicality of dance in its purest form. This series of portraits depicts the dancers' responses upon being asked to interpret birds falling from the sky. The introduction is by Parisian prima ballerina Marie-Agn???s Gillot, who has worked with these dancers over the years and watched them grow and develop. Brookes was born in England, grew up in South Africa, and is presently based between Paris and New York.
- Hardback | 72 pages
- 222 x 291 x 15mm | 720g
- 29 Sep 2015
- Bologna, Italy
- Bilingual edition
Shooting in black and white, Brookes captures creativity in its most raw and intimate form.--Benazir Wehelie "CNN Photos " Les Danseurs Is a Book of Beautiful Ballet Man Candy--Margaret Fuhrer "Dance Spirit Magazine " British photographer Matthew Brookes - whose powerful study of male dancers, Les Danseurs, is published in the autumn - brought these women and their different characters to life in his images.--Suzy Menkes "vogue.co.uk " Toes point toward the heavens in one image, torso crumples over a bent knee in another, the dancers are pictured with a plain canvas backdrop wearing black tights or shorts -- leaving nothing to distract from their feats.--Miles Socha "WWD " Yet Brookes...is inspired by how these unassuming young men summon wonder and awe as they twist and leap into all manner of improvised shapes and controtions, most of them deliberately unclassical.--Miles Socha "WWD "
About Matthew Brookes
Matthew Brookes was born in England, grew up in South Africa and currently resides and works between Paris and New York. His speciality is fashion photography and portraiture and his clients include Armani, Cartier, YSL Beauty, Burberry, Berluti, David Yurman, Tommy Hilfiger, Zegna. His editorial clients include British Vogue, Vanity Fair, American Vogue, Interview Magazine, Numero, GQ, Details, Numero Homme, Vogue Hommes International and the New York Times Magazine.