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Goldberg - New York: Maurice Goldberg  May 29, '10 12:31 AM
by Vlad for group historicalziegfeld #418

Maurice Goldberg

Time Period: 1913-1949
Location: East 48th St., Manhattan, NYC

“The greatest dance photographer of the 1920s and 30s, a talented portraitist, a chronicler of persons in the performing arts. Maurice Goldberg liked to show dancers and musicians engaged in performance, yet preferred to show actors and actresses relaxing. Even using large format photographic plates and slow film Goldberg could communicate motion better than Arnold Genthe, who obscured action in shadow, and Nickolas Muray, who liked to pose dancers in stances of arrested torsion in his studio. Goldberg depicted dancers doing the choreography of the works they performed in public. He preferred prints in smaller formats. In the 1920s had a penchant for soft-focus images, but the imagery sharpened in the 1930s. In 1920s sometimes did glamour photography, nudes, and was one of the strongest promoters of the late 1910s early '20s fad of plein air dancing photography. At the end of his career did two years of still photography for movie studios.”
© David S. Shields

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