Tony has been photographing the performance arts for almost forty years, with a special interest in dance.
Tony has had a successful career as an academic, teaching at Goldsmith’s College, Central St.Martin’s and for 20 years as Head of Photography at what is now the University of West London. He retired from teaching in 2010.
He is intrigued by the challenge of the conveyance of a dynamic time-based, three dimensional, emotionally charged creative production into a static two-dimensional image. His ultimate intention is to invite and engage the viewer to partially recreate the physical, spatial and emotional experience of the performance, only through timing and composition. This does not mean that dancers have to be suspended in the air or dashing about the stage, but can be to simply share the emotional experience of the performer, or anticipate their movement and intent.
In the first instance his images are taken for marketing, documentary or press purposes, where the opportunity for the above engagement may be limited. This is the first time as many as 60 photographs from his archive, from across the whole of his career, have come together to be exhibited in this form. Although concentrating on his dance images, the collection also includes some from both opera and theatre.