Artistic performances, be it dance, music, or theatre, create meaning through experience. With great understanding, Laurie Lewis has been translating these transitory moments into the permanence of photography. As a prominent photographer of stage performance, his work forms a significant part of Lebrecht’s archive.
Much of Lewis’ iconic work comes from the 1970s, when he photographed some of the biggest rock stars of the era. These include the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Elton John, The Who, and Led Zeppelin. These images, taken during concerts, reveal the energetic atmosphere and chaos that are felt most in situ, whilst his close-ups reveal the artists’ own emotions.
More recently, Lewis has focused on ballet, opera, theatre and classical concerts. There is a clear understanding of movement and form which convey both the fluidity of performance and moments of symmetry and athleticism.
Lewis’ portraits of famous personalities only add to his impressive repertoire. These personal moments of reflection contrast with his shots of dynamic performances to reveal the full scope of Lewis’ work as a photographer.
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