Hardcover. US, Smithsonian, 1st, 1999, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 48 pages. Illustrated throughout with photos in b&w. Light shelf-wear to dust jacket, else a clean, tight copy. Focusing primarily on dancers who have performed with the Paris Opera Ballet, this portfolio of forty-six duotone images taken between 1953 and 1994 pays homage to the art as revealed in dancers' bodies. Rudolf Nureyev stands intently playing a piano in a prop-filled studio; Suzanne Farrell, en pointe, gazes into a skylight, her tall silhouette seeming to float toward it; groups of dancers relax in a classroom, casually stretching while waiting to perform; Sylvie Guillem perches on a stool, gazing cooly at the camera over a folded knee; Carolyn Carlson peers intently into a mirror, brushing powder onto her hollow cheeks. Maintaining that dancers posses a "corporal intelligence" that gives them a unique ability to fill empty space with the beauty of their movements, Jeanloup Sieff has captured both the fleeting gestures of individual dancers and the timeless world of their profession.
Hardcover. New York, Schirmer Books, 1st, 1981, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 212 pages, illustrated throughout with photos in b&w. Introduction by Paul Padgette. Clean, unmarked copy with only minor wear to dust jacket. In this large format book, Paul Padgette presents more than 200 of Van Vechten's finest works, selected from more than 5,000 photographs left by Van Vechten to the Dance Collection at Lincoln Center.
Softcover. US, The Countryman Press, 1st, 1982, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, 47 pages, photos in b&w. Light sun-fade to spine, else a clean, tight copy. From publisher's jacket flap: "Berlin was a magic place for the arts in the twenties and early thirties, and no more so than in theater and dance. Fortunately for us, in the midst of this brilliant world, a young woman destined to become one of the best portrait photographers was just beginning her long illustrious career. Fourth generation photographer (her great grandfather had been taught by Daguerre), Lotte Jacobi photographed the brightest personalities of Berlin (and later New York), many of them her friends, in a direct and honest way that remains surprisingly fresh even today. In this book, along with Lotte's reminiscences of each, are revealing portraits of Peter Lorre, Lotte Lenya, Emil Jannings, Anna May Wong, Rene Clair, Lil Dagover, Claire Bauroff, Pauline Koner, Hanya Holme, and many others. Theater and Dance Photographs is a remarkable record of a remarkable time."