Photographer John Sobczak at Book Beat , Sun., Oct. 16

dbl-book-coverPhotographer John Sobczak will be joining us at Book Beat (26010 Greenfield Rd, Oak Park, MI 48237) on Sunday, October 16 from 3:00-4:00pm to sign and discuss his latest book of photography, Portraits in Motion. Books will be available to purchase at the event. If you have any questions, please call Book Beat (248) 968-1190.

“Having photographed many dancers and dance companies over the past decade I knew I wanted to do a series which would allow me the opportunity to photograph the many varied styles of dance and yet do it in a cohesive manor.

With this in mind I asked dancer Lisa LaMarre, who I work with often, into the studio. We experimented with different backgrounds and props until we found something we liked. The gray background was generic enough not to take away from the dancers but also portable for those images where it was easier for me to travel to the dancers studio.

We played with different props but the box seemed to offer the most opportunities for the dancers. They could pose on it, in take-root-danceit, next to it, hold it in front of them or even throw it down.

Those dancers invited to participate where told only this, what they chose to wear, how they pose and with whom was up to them the only caveat is the box, the same box for each which I provided, had to be in the image somewhere. There in lie the creative challenge and their success is evident with every image in this book”– artist’s description

Click here to view some of the images included in Portraits in Motion

John Sobczak is a professional photographer based in Detroit whose images have appeared in numerous publications, including Time, Newsweek, USA Today, Hour Detroit, Detroit Monthly, and Crains Detroit Business, and whose work is part of the permanent collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Detroit Institute of Arts. He has published several books of photography, including A Motor City Year, The Vision of Words, Motor City Memoirs, Cleveland Classics, Great Stories from the North Coast, and Great Stories from Boston. Visit his website here.

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