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Capturing the Rhythm: Photographing Portraits of Dancers, Artists, and Live Performances” with STEPHANIE BERGER


My presentation celebrates the dynamic world of dance and performance art and the unique challenges and creative opportunities that arise when capturing the essence and energy of performers through the lens. My photographs demonstrate the power of freeze-framing a moment in time, highlighting the grace, passion, and storytelling inherent in these art forms, breathing life into still images.
From stage performances to intimate portraits of performers and her twin sons, I will discuss the importance of understanding the environment, anticipating moments, and making creative choices to produce compelling images.

Stephanie Berger, has been on the scene for over three decades, capturing the essence of dance and live performance. Her experience as a house photographer at some of New York City’s most renowned cultural venues such as The Park Avenue Armory, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The Met Museum, and Baryshnikov Arts Center as well as a contributing photographer for the New York Times Culture and Arts & Leisure, has established her as a leading figure in the field.
Her work has been celebrated for its ability to transport viewers into the heart of the performance, capturing not only the physical movements but also the emotions and narratives that lie within.
In 2016, Stephanie published ‘Merce Cunningham: Beyond the Perfect Stage” her groundbreaking book which garnered critical acclaim and is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, George Pompidou Center, Dia Arts Foundation, MassMoca, and many University Libraries collections.
Her photographs have been exhibited at 92nd Street Y, The Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, The Gallery at the College of Staten Island (CUNY), Endicott College Spencer Gallery, Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, Pitts River Museum at Oxford University, The Walker Art Museum, ArtsWestchester, LOOK3 Photo Festival, Jacob’s Pillow, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Museum of the City of New York, Hudson Opera House Gallery, New York State Theatre at Lincoln Center, Roy Furman Gallery at Film Society, Gerald H. Lynch Theatre at John Jay College and Rockland Center for the Arts.
Berger graduated from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and studied photography at Hampshire College with Jerome Liebling. She worked as a photographer for NYC’s Department of Transportation in the 1980’s documenting New York City’s infrastructure and public works.


Event Location and Ticket Information

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Color Camera Club at the Tarrytown Senior Center
240 West Main Street
Tarrytown, York 10591
Handicap Accessible? Yes

Date: Monday, December 4, 2023
Times: 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Ticket pricing:
Free event

Presenter: Color Camera Club of Westchester
Presenter Phone: 914-769-7758
Presenter Website: www.colorcameraclub.com

Sponsor Message

The Color Camera Club of Westchester was founded to provide local photographic enthusiasts with a venue for bettering their camera skills, to inspire creativity, to enhance their photographic visions and to mingle with other photographers for fun and camaraderie. Professional presentations, exhibits, field trips and competitions all benefit beginning and advanced image makers. Our Mentoring program is up and running and an enjoyable benefit for our members. These specialize workshops highlight various specialties and techniques taught by our advanced photographers. Please come visit, have some refreshments and join in the fun of photography. Our doors open for conversation and refreshments at 7:30 PM and the meeting starts promptly at 8 PM