BODYSCAPES by Lois Greenfield

Lois Greenfield (born 1949) is a photographer made famous by her ability to capture the human form in motion and her use of it as a compositional element in her art. She has been compared with Eadweard Muybridge for exploration of human locomotion, and with Henri Cartier-Bresson for capturing the elusive moment.

She studied anthropology and filmmaking at Brandeis University in the late 1960s. After graduating in 1970, she worked as a freelance photographer in Boston photographing for small independent publications covering everything from rock stars to riots. Having had no formal training in photography, she learned with each project she encountered. “Photo Equipment” Greenfield uses a Hasselblad 500c/m camera body. With this she uses no motor drive or photo reviser. Her favorite lenses are the 120mm and 150mm. The strobes she uses, Broncolor, can set the flash duration to 1/2000 of a second or less. The flash is much more important than the shutter speed for clear images. She uses a Leaf Valeo 22i digital back. The Leaf back creates easy photographing as the dancers move and improvise.

For an assignment, Greenfield was sent to cover a dance concert, a subject in which she had no professional experience. She photographed dress rehearsals of dance performances in Boston and when she moved to New York in 1973. As a result, she built a body of work and a reputation in the modern and postmodern dance world through having her work published in the Village Voice, New York Times, Dance Magazine and other publications.

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