by Christopher Duggan Summation Dance is a growing company that has always wanted to work with the best quality dance photos and video. This year, I did a dance promo photo shoot with Summation in a studio in Queens as a lead-up to their performances at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). Nel and I really appreciate that they’ve made the investment in dance photos and video, and it’s paid off. They have excellent video documentation and they are smart enough to see that having great representation of their work is how you get the next grant or the next gig. It’s how you sell your tickets, how you build your house. They are so dedicated, constantly thinking and developing; they’re just really good artists. Here’s Summation Dance at BAM Fisher.
He photographs dancers in the studio and in performance, for promotional materials, portraits and press, and he often collaborates with his wife, Nel Shelby, and her Manhattan-based dance film and video editing company Nel Shelby Productions (nelshelby.com). Together, they have documented dance at performances from New York City to Vail International Dance Festival.
Christopher Duggan Photography also covers the finest wedding venues in the Metropolitan and Tri-State areas, in Massachusetts and the Berkshires, and frequently travels to destination weddings.
His photographs appear in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Knot, Destination I Do, Photo District News, Boston Globe, Financial Times, Dance Magazine, and Munaluchi Bridal, among other esteemed publications and popular dance and wedding blogs. One of his images of Bruce Springsteen was added to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and his dance photography has been exhibited at The National Museum of Dance and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.
His Natural Light Studio (http://www.christopherduggan.com/portfolio/natural-light-studio-jacobs-pillow-photography/) at Jacob’s Pillow is his most ambitious photography project to date – check out his blog to see more portraits of dance artists in his pop-up photo studio on the Pillow grounds.