Saturday, December 21, 2013

Pictures of the Year, 2013

[Over 13 days, from December 20-January 2, we will be publishing the best live performance photos or promo shots of the year. We began choosing them by considering the 50 Pictures of the Week we published in 2013. The most difficult decisions involved cutting that down to ten photos and two runners-up. However when it came to deciding Picture of the Year, which we'll reveal January 2, the decision was obvious almost from the moment we originally published the photo. As we show you each photo in this holiday series, we will also share with you what we wrote about it at the time. Enjoy! [and help us spread the word about this magnificent art form: performing arts photography!]

Photographer David Cooper tells a lovely - and lovingly told - story with this pic for The Light in the Piazza at the Shaw Festival. Jacqueline Thair and Jeff Irving, among the displaced bedsheets, are clearly engaged in a peri-coital kiss but despite the "pornos" of it all there is also the "eros" of the way Irving holds Thair's face. Moreover, Cooper has captured lighting which both perfectly illuminates the couple (no thrown shadow is out of place) while revealing the figure in the background (Margaret Johnson) - which makes this a tale that goes beyond an embrace.

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