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...The New York City Ballet at the Empire theatre during the Edinburgh International Festival 1963.
The photo-call was large for such a great man and the stage was set for some candid photography, as here, then they placed a set on stage and the photographers were allowed back on, when there was a great crash as a piece of the set crashed down, a photographer moved like lightning from one side of the stage to the other and looked so innocent as Balanchine ordered "clear the stage". The photographer remains nameless to this day unless you know better? It wasn't me I assure you.

This is Balanchine with the lead dancer who I believe is Suzanne Farrell, two legends of ballet together.

There are many other stories from my days as a press photographer but I don't have photographs to go with all of them sadly.

Camera:Asahi Pentax S1A Check out PENTAXPORTAL!
Lens:Super Takumar 50mm f2
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
ISO:640 asa FP4 developed in Ilford microphen
Exposure Mode:Manual no meter
Title:George Balanchine...
Username:Scottishlandscapes Scottishlandscapes
Uploaded:24 Feb 2014 - 10:12 AM
Tags:Black & white, Edinburgh, Festival, General, Photo journalism, Scotland
Votes:Voting Disabled



So did you take this one..
And fancy seeing the rehearsals...whoah


Yes it's the only print I have from that ballet rehearsal Barbara. But I'm still looking.
I was with The Scottish Daily Mail in these days.

Last Modified By Scottishlandscapes at 24 Feb 2014 - 10:25 AM

It's a classic.....

mikbee  8 Scotland8 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2014 - 11:34 AM

Fond memories of the Empire theatre during the 70's Dougie with all the rock concerts I used to go to at the time.
I confess my brain is a bit scrambled now,but I blame Deep Purple,Pink Floyd and Black Sabbath for that !!
I think they had a competition to see who could play the loudest !!
A sad day when it closed and a sadder day when they turned it into a BINGO hall !!

Last Modified By mikbee at 24 Feb 2014 - 11:35 AM

Memories.....................It is indeed nice to see stuff from back then Dougie mind you it was only 50 years ago. I thought you would still have been a schoolboy then..Wonderful.


Wot, no reflection!?

...Great candid shot, Dougie, and a wonderful memory to have.



A legacy of beauty Dougie ( you did not know this at the time ?)


An interesting narrative supported by an equally interesting and certainly very well photographed image.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin


Terrific image and a great memory. I don't think he was actually biting her shoulder, but you never can tell!
Practically none of my father's press work from 1933 to 1972 survives: as with yours, a crying shame.



I have a friend that was a news reporter and I have seen some of his work, the tales he relates are often quite scary when trying to get the story, he has pictures of Lady Di and various stars of the film world - this photo upload from you today is very different to the norm for you Dougie but good to see, shame some pictures are no longer available it would not only be interesting but probably worth a few bob Wink

mrswoolybill Critique Team 9825 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1311 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2014 - 6:08 PM

Fifty one years ago... A piece of history. Thanks for giving this an airing.

saltireblue Site Moderator 55114 forum postssaltireblue vcard Norway31 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2014 - 6:14 PM

A marvellous piece of nostalgia from a bygone era, Dougie.
Happy memories for you, I feel sure...



How wonderful to have been able to be on stage with these two greats. I'm glad you rediscovered this to share with us - it's a gem Dougie! When I lived in London I went to the ballet quite a lot...

Last Modified By AnnChown at 24 Feb 2014 - 8:45 PM
dudler Critique Team 12311 forum postsdudler vcard England611 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2014 - 9:24 PM

Interesting, and clearly great reportage.

I just don't believe it's really a jpeg picture! The look is distinctively a silver print - quite apart from the date!


It's a copy of a print on a digital camera that's where the exif came from, there is no exif on a 50 year old monochrome print.
How else would I copy the print without a scanner?

It was copied on a Sigma DP2 Merrill camera. Hence the jpeg tag.

25 Feb 2014 - 2:38 PM

I'll bet you have many tales to tell Dougie in that line of work. This is a fascinating image. I love the movement in her arm and leg.


2 Mar 2014 - 3:36 PM

Interesting to see some of your former work. There have been some very interesting people in your portfolio, thanks for sharing.


Thanks for all these comments Johanna, yes I photographed many people in my days on the road as a press photographer, too many to mention, some good some wicked and probably about 50-50.
In newspapers you meet every walk of life and learn to speak to anybody, You need humility and humanity and at times great patience to get what you want without being unkind.

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