This beautiful new book David Cooper Body of Work - Theatre and Dance Photography features a retrospective selection of more than 300 of David's theatre and dance photographs.
Body of Work includes Cooper’s production photography, his poster images and iconic portraits of treasured artists. The book also includes essays on Cooper’s theatre photography by Christopher Newton, Artistic Director Emeritus of the Shaw Festival, where David has been company photographer for forty consecutive seasons; on his dance images by Max Wyman; and insights into Cooper’s marketing images by his longtime art director and collaborator Scott McKowen. Evelyn Hart has contributed anappreciation, and Cooper himself discusses the most intimate relationship between photographer and subject — portraiture.
David Cooper is one of North America's premier photographers of the performing arts. Over more than 40 consecutive seasons, he has documented productions the Shaw Festival. He is also one of North America's leading dance photographers with a remarkable instinct for capturing perfect, split-second moments of action.
Body of Work is a visual feast that will delight anyone interested in photography, dance, theatre, opera or the arts. It is a magnificent tribute to a truly unique talent.
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DAVID COOPER, C.M., lives in Vancouver but has spent much of the past forty years lugging his camera gear to the Shaw and Stratford Festivals in Ontario, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and performing arts companies large and small in between. Cooper received a Jessie Richardson Theatre Award for his outstanding contribution to the Vancouver arts community and was elected a pioneer member of the British Columbia Entertainment Hall of Fame. In 2020 he was appointed to the Order of Canada.