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Photographs by James Houston
Foreword by Hugh Jackman
Photography / Performance / Portraiture / Monograph
Hardcover, 13 x 10.25 inches, 192 pages, 174 duotone photographs
“If emotion is best described as energy in motion, thenphotographer James Houston can be described as one who captures that energy and transforms it into art.”
—Karen-Jane Eyre, Editor, Not Only Black + White
“His images suggest a thousand complex narratives. Amazingly, he captures the most ethereal art form in a way that a choreographer, whose work dies with the curtain’s descent, can only dream of.”
—Graeme Murphy, Artistic Director, Sydney Dance Company
Dancers from America’s leading dance companies are brought together in award-winning photographer James Houston’s unique photographic project created to benefit AIDS charities—Move.
Move, a collection of stunning black-and-white photographs, captures the raw energy and emotion of movement. Pushing the human body to its physical limits, Houston creates unique images that go far beyond traditional dance photography.
Over 50 of New York’s leading dancers, from companies such as Paul Taylor, New York City Ballet, Pilobolus, David Parsons, and Alvin Ailey, gave their time to support the project. Included in this impressive lineup was renowned principle dancer Desmond Richardson, who starred alongside Catherine Zeta-Jones in the movie Chicago.
Houston sculpts and directs the dancers’ bodies with his graphic eye, creating powerful photographs that move and inspire.
All author royalties will be donated to DRA (Dancers Responding to AIDS).
James Houston was born in Sydney, Australia in 1965. His three previous books, Raw, Rawmoves (Fine Arts Press/Craftsman House, 1997 and 1999, respectively), and One Yogamoves (Jamie Durie Publishing, 2005) all focus on the human body. His work has been exhibited extensively throughout Australia, Asia, and Europe. Now living in New York, Houston’s eye for beauty and form is requested by clients such as Donna Karan, Givenchy Paris, Interview magazine, American Vogue, and celebrities such as Cate Blanchett, Kirsten Dunst, Elle MacPherson, and Christy Turlington.
World-famous actor Hugh Jackman has starred in the X-Men trilogy, Someone Like You, Swordfish, Kate and Leopold, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe, Standing Room Only, and Van Helsing. He has had many lead roles on Broadway as well, in such productions as Beauty and the Beast, Sunset Boulevard, and Oklahoma! Recently his work in The Boy From Oz earned him a Tony Award, for Best Actor in a Musical. His production company is slated to produce several films in the next year, including the X-Men spin-off Wolverine.