American photographers Deborah Ory and Ken Browar created the “NYC Dance Project” to capture the celebration of movement and dance in hundreds of breathtaking photographs of more than 70 dancers from American Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Martha Graham Dance Company, Boston Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, the Royal Ballet, and many more.
“Dancers must simultaneously be artists and athletes, and we try to highlight both qualities of our subjects in the photographs.”
Deborah started her career as a modern dancer. “I had grown up dancing and was a dance major in college. I injured myself the first year, and when I went home, my dad had purchased a camera. I started taking pictures of dancers in the rehearsals I was supposed to be in,” she explains. Ken Browar worked as a fashion and beauty photographer, whose work has appeared in Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, and many others. Now Ken and Deborah have two teenage ballet students at home, who wanted photos of the dancers she admired for her bedroom wall.
The Art of Movement won an International Photography Award in 2016 for Best Book, in the People/Portraits category.