Photographic prints of dancers and dance companies

Collection Data

Description
Roger Wood, a British photographer, was born in Madras, India, 1920. Starting to photograph ballet in 1944, he soon became one of the best know dance photographers in Great Britain. He has published several books of dance photographs, including Katherine Dunham, her Dancers, Singers, Musicians(Richard Buckle, editor, 1949), The Sadler's Wells Ballet at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden(1951), and The Theatre Ballet of Sadler's Wells in photographs(1952). His interest later turned to archeology and photography and has published works on Egypt, Saudi Arabian antiquities, and Persia. Collection includes studio, action, travel, informal and portrait prints of dancers, dance companies, theatrical productions, motion pictures, and ballet special events. Arranged in albums alphabetically, by dancer's surname or by dance company name. Each dance company's prints are further arranged alphabetically by dance title or dancer's name. The prints for each title are arranged as they appeared on the film roll, and may have been taken during more than one performance; therefore, does not necessarily reflect the choreographic sequence. Many of the prints are contact sheets and other proofs. Numbers on verso of each print correspond to the photographic negative numbers assigned by Roger Wood; see his register of negative numbers in Photographic negatives of dancers and dance companies, *MGZEN 95-5483, box 28. Some prints have handwritten instructions on recto and/or verso for cropping, lightening, darkening, masking, etc.
Names
Wood, Roger (Creator)
DHCA
Wood, Roger (Photographer)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1944 - 1961
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZEB 95-5482
Topics
Dance
Dance companies
Genres
Photographs
Notes
Biographical/historical: Roger Wood, a British photographer, was born in Madras, India, 1920. Starting to photograph ballet in 1944, he soon became one of the best know dance photographers in Great Britain. He has published several books of dance photographs, including Katherine Dunham, her Dancers, Singers, Musicians(Richard Buckle, editor, 1949), The Sadler's Wells Ballet at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden(1951), and The Theatre Ballet of Sadler's Wells in photographs(1952). His interest later turned to archeology and photography and has published works on Egypt, Saudi Arabian antiquities, and Persia.
Content: Box of oversized prints is labeled Vol. 72
Content: Many of the prints are contact sheets and other proofs. Numbers on verso of each print correspond to photographic negative numbers assigned by Roger Wood; see his register of negative numbers in *MGZEN 95-5483, Box 28. Some prints have hand-written instructions on recto and/or verso for cropping, lightening, darkening, masking, etc
Physical Description
Contact sheets
Proofs
Extent: 71 albums, 1 box ca. 10, 541 photographic prints
Type of Resource
Still image
Identifiers
Other local Identifier: *MGZEB 95-5482
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12176520
MSS Unit ID: 19624
Archives collections id: archives_collections_19624
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 957568f0-0eab-0136-cd05-0172f44580ce
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