Dancers Among Us: A Celebration of Joy in the Everyday

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The mystery of the body in motion. The surprise of seeing what seems impossible. And the pure, joyful optimism of it all. Dancers Among Us presents one thrilling photograph after another of dancers leaping, spinning, lifting, kicking—but in the midst of daily life: on the beach, at a construction site, in a library, a restaurant, a park. With each image the reader feels buoyed up, eager to see the next bit of magic.

Photographer Jordan Matter started his Dancers Among Us Project by asking a member of the Paul Taylor Dance Company to dance for him in a place where dance is unexpected. So, dressed in a commuter’s suit and tie, the dancer flew across a Times Square subway platform. And in that image Matter found what he’d been searching for: a way to express the feeling of being fully alive in the moment, unself-conscious, present.

Organized around themes of work, play, love, exploration, dreaming, and more, Dancers Among Us celebrates life in a way that’s fresh, surprising, original, universal. There’s no photoshopping here, no trampolines, no gimmicks, no tricks. Just a photographer, his vision, and the serendipity of what happens when the shutter clicks.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; First Edition (US) First Printing edition (October 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761171703
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761171706
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds

Customer Reviews

Inspirational amazingness!

One person found this helpful.
 on February 25, 2013
By Dan Perlea
For my bachelor’s degree, I studied theatre and dance, and although I’m not a great dancer, I am amazed at the ability to control your body with such precision. This book is the epitome of that precision, and puts it into an everyday context. I love the book, and think the photography is simply stunning, though, I have to admit that I’m quite jealous that Jordan Matter created these beautiful images and not me. I got into photography because of dance, I wanted to capture the beauty, and at some point that got away from me and I started photographing pets and products and weddings. This reminds me of why I got into this field, and what it was that made me fall in love with the arts. I highly recommend this book, as I’ve shown it to many non-dancer friends and they all say the same thing. It is inspirational, creative, and most importantly, extremely enjoyable!!!

great tabletop book

 on September 7, 2017
By Chris Mowery
great photos and composition

Five Stars

 on August 1, 2017
By KS
I love it

The book is really fun to look through whether you’re a dancer or not

 on August 22, 2015
By THE LINDEN'S
Jordan has a really unique style and pays attention to the details. The book is really fun to look through whether you’re a dancer or not!

Five Stars

 on October 13, 2017
By BruinGurlUCLA
Jordan is one of the best photographers. This book is gorgeous. Very unique and just so amazing.

Elegantly humorous

3 people found this helpful.
 on February 9, 2013
By Omicron B
A collection of lighthearted photographs showing dancers practicing their art in incongruously every day settings. My personal favorite is a setting that appears to be mountains of coal at an industrial setting. On top of a pile of coal, we see only the lower legs of a person wearing jeans – and ballet slippers, standing on point atop the refuse. Many pictures will bring a smile to your face. A few, maybe even a tear.

Dancers Among Us

 on October 1, 2017
By Kindle Customer
Got it for my daughter who danced for over 15 years. Great conversation dance book! Pictures aren’t the best quality but catching poses such as these must be tricky.

This is the BEST ever book.

 on December 24, 2013
By barbkeeling
Got this book at the library to look at it for it looked interesting. Found it so wonderful ended up buying a copy. It is filled with the most wonderful photos and in the back of the book it tells who is in the photo and how they shot it. Not Photo-shopping…just wonderful “how did they do THAT” PHOTOS. Each nite before I go to bed I look at one photo. Study and enjoy it and read how it was done. This is a great book. Very special to those who love, enjoy and appreciate the talent of dancers and the eye of a totally fab photograhper.

Beautiful dancers are among us … forever

 on July 23, 2015
By Derek Erb
Absolutely beautiful book. I have it both in hardcover and in Kindle format on my iPad. The photos are amazing and the sort you stop and look at for a while. Being able to zoom in on specific areas and such, on the iPad, is a real pleasure. The stories are fun and add truly interesting background to the pictures. This book made me go looking for anything else done by Jordan Matter…

Good first book on dancers around city and country-scapes in very interesting poses and settings.

 on January 3, 2017
By Aotearoa_Kiwi
Beautifully staged dancers

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