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George Balanchine...

By Scottishlandscapes  
...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.

Tags: Scotland Photo journalism General Festival Edinburgh Black and white

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barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2014 10:20AM
So did you take this one..
And fancy seeing the rehearsals...whoah

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24 Feb 2014 10:24AM
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.
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2014 10:26AM
It's a classic.....
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
24 Feb 2014 11:34AM
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 !!
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
24 Feb 2014 11:41AM
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.
24 Feb 2014 11:43AM
Wot, no reflection!?

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

rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
24 Feb 2014 12:39PM
A legacy of beauty Dougie ( you did not know this at the time ?)
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2014 1:53PM
An interesting narrative supported by an equally interesting and certainly very well photographed image.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2014 4:58PM
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.

pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2014 5:56PM
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 Plus
11 1.2k 1918 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2014 6:08PM
Fifty one years ago... A piece of history. Thanks for giving this an airing.
saltireblue Plus
7 7.9k 33 Norway
24 Feb 2014 6:14PM
A marvellous piece of nostalgia from a bygone era, Dougie.
Happy memories for you, I feel sure...

AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2014 8:44PM
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...
dudler Plus
14 690 1321 England
24 Feb 2014 9:24PM
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.
viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
25 Feb 2014 2:38PM
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.

brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2014 3:36PM
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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