Creative Disciplines Collide in “PHOTO Fusion” Workshop

The School of the Arts at the National Museum of Dance celebrates the first exhibition of photographic prints from its new workshop program, “Photo Fusion,” which opened Aug. 19 and runs through the end of October.

Over the course of two months, Capital Region photographers collaborated with dancers in various location and situations to produce the diverse set of photographs that are now on view. The workshop was lead by Saratoga Living Chief Photographer, Lawrence White, whose experience includes a stint as staff photographer at Rolling Stone Magazine and as a printer for well-known photographers including Annie Leibovitz, Francesco Scavullo and Richard Avedon.

“It is exciting to combine different creative disciplines,” School of the Arts Director Raul Martinez says. “This workshop exceeded our expectations and the dancers love it.”

“I learned so much,” workshop photographer Victoria Schepps says. “It sent my photography in a new direction.”

Martinez, White and Administrative Coordinator Jessica Munson juried the photographs for the exhibit, as well as fiber-based archival prints the photographers created in the workshop. A larger selection of photographs from the workshop can be seen on one of two large monitors at the school, which play in a 300-image slideshow loop.

“The photographers were challenged by the different lighting conditions and the movement of the dancers,” White says. “The goal was for the photographers to learn how to manipulate the light they captured in their cameras so that their collection of final prints was cohesive in tone and composition. This group of photographers grasped the lessons extremely well.”

To learn more about upcoming workshops and other school activities contact the School of the Arts, National Museum of Dance, 99 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs at (518) 584.2225 ext. 3008. 

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