[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!]
The reviews are virtually unanimously positive about the Shaw Festival's production of Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan and you won't find many of them which do not mention the breath-taking loveliness of the production. That is more than evident in this glorious photo by Emily Cooper of Patrick McManus and Sharry Flett. The palette is damn near perfect, and the pose of the actors is like a Rossetti or Sargent painting (which is no coincedence as director Peter Hinton was reportedly inspired by art of the period).