News: The Chris Nash Winter Sale

Monday 26 November 2007

For some 25 years Chris Nash has been photographing dance – and producing some of the most startling and memorable still images of an art form which is of course so much about movement.

This Saturday 1 December there is a rare chance to buy prints of some of those images – featuring a veritable who’s who of UK dance, including Michael Clark, Rambert, Wendy Houstoun, Akram Khan, Ricochet Dance Company, Richard Alston Dance Company, Henri Oguike, Rosemary Butcher, Shobana Jeyasingh, The Cholmondeleys and The Featherstonehaughs and Candoco – to name just a few. The oldest photo in the exhibition, taken in 1982, is of mime artist Lyndsay Kemp teaching at Pineapple Studios.

The sale will also include a preview of a new series of photographs, called *A Moment In Time*, produced whilst Chris has been on a NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) fellowship. The Dreamtime awards enable recipients to take time out to explore and develop new projects. He told us how he was able to develop his work during this time:

“One of the strands of the Nesta Dreamtime was collaborating with different choreographers (Rosemary Lee, Jonathan Burrows and Wendy Houstoun amongst others) to enable a more considered approach to making images of movement. Via a series of workshops I looked at what it means to ‘perform’ for the camera, who can be considered as a ‘performer’ and how to unpick a performance and try to get to a more natural, unconscious way of moving. I also looked at the ‘decisive moment’ in relation to photography (and photographing dance in particular). What I ended up with is a group of images that focus more on the internal life of the subject as expressed through movement, rather than images that focus purely on the appearance of bodies in motion.”

The sale includes limited edition and signed prints, plus a selection of unframed prints, as well as copies of his _*Stopmotion* _exhibitioncatalogue. Framed prints start at £150. All black and white prints are signed museum-quality chlorobromide prints made by Chris; the colour prints are signed archival Lambda prints made under Chris’ supervision; the new works are signed archival Giclee prints made by Chris.

A percentage of the sale’s proceeds will be going towards a new bursary to support an emerging choreographer, being set up by Greenwich Dance Agency and Chris Nash

More info

The preview starts at 12 noon, with the sale taking place from 6pm, at Greenwich Dance Agency, Borough Hall, Royal Hill, Greenwich, SE10 8RE

Entry is free.

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Image by Chris Nash: Javier De Frutos. Publicity photo for Javier’s new work, ‘The Hypochondriac Bird’ (1998).

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