I have been photographing dance for over thirty years. During this
time I was dealing with hundreds of choreographers and companies (
). I therefore allow myself to say that over the decades I have learned
to distinguish between serious work and the production of hot air.
However, this has nothing to do with my work: If I have agreed to
photograph a choreography / piece, I will do so to the best of my
knowledge and belief.
As is well known, a photo is an object in its own right, to be judged
according to its own aesthetic criteria, and not a mere depiction.
Additionally, when photographing dance, essential elements of a choreography
- the movement in space and time, the presence or absence of music,
noises, language - are not accessible to the medium of photography:
what is shown in a choreography using the means of dance, has to be
translated into another visual language. It can therefore happen that
an interesting and innovative choreography is difficult to photograph,
but a flat and trivial one very well. So it may not be permissible
to draw conclusions about the quality of the photographed choreography
from the quality of my pictures.