Documents of the Imagination with Lois Greenfield (Webinar)
Photo by Lois Greenfield

Documents of the Imagination with Lois Greenfield (Webinar)

  • December 11, 2021
    10:00 am - 11:30 am

In this webinar Lois Greenfield will discuss her unique method for photographing dancers, and how she catches moments beneath the threshold of perception, revealing what the human eye can’t see. Rather than relying on choreographed poses, Lois asks the dancers to improvise for her camera. In her photographs, time is stopped, a split second becomes an eternity, and an ephemeral moment as solid as sculpture. She looks for the poetics of a visual language rather than in its literalness.

“I want my images to defy rational explanation. There is no ‘solution’ to the questions posed by my photographs- they are meant to frame contradictions, present the impossible, and find coherence within chaos.” – Lois Greenfield

Lois Greenfield, © Kris LeBoeuf

Lois Greenfield (; Instagram @loisgreenfield) has created signature images for most of the contemporary dance companies all over the world. Many of these photos have appeared in her two bestselling books – Breaking Bounds, 1992, and Airborne, 1998, both published by Thames and Hudson LTD, UK and Chronicle Books US.Her latest book, Lois Greenfield: Moving Still, was released in 2015, and the accompanying exhibit has been on tour within the US and to Russia, China, and Colombia. She has created ads and campaigns for many clients, including Disney, Orangina, Proctor & Gamble, Pepsi, AT&T, Sony, Hanes, Raymond Weil, and Rolex.

Since her first show at NYC’s International Center of Photography in 1992, her work has been exhibited in many galleries, and in over 50 museums, including the Tel Aviv Art Museum, the Venice Biennale, the Musée de l’Elysée, and St. Peterburg’s Erarta Contemporary Art Museum. Among other collections, her work is included in the New York Library for the Performing Arts, Harvard Art Museums, Walker Art Center, Smithsonian Museum of Design, The Kitchen, Solari Foundation Photography Collection, Bibliotheque National de France, and the Avon Collection

Lois has been fascinated by non-traditional forms of photographic presentation. 1n 1994 she was Invited to participate in “Le Printemps de Cahors” in France. Her images were projected onto a 30-feet high water screen in the Lot River. Set against the night sky, the water turned her crystal sharp photographs back into ephemeral moments, making the live experience seem like a product of the imagination.

From 2003 to 2007 Lois collaborated with the Australian Dance Theatre on HELD, a dance inspired by her photography. Shooting the live action on stage with the dancers, her images were projected real-time as part of the performance. This award-winning dance was performed to sold-out audiences around the world, from the Sydney Opera House to Sadler’s Wells in London, the Joyce Theater in NYC to Theatre de la Ville, Paris.

She has given workshops at the LACP, Maine Media, and Santa Fe Workshops, among others, and abroad in Italy, Turkey, China, France, and Norway. Lois was an Artist in Residence at NYU/Tisch Department of Dance and New Media in 2014. In 2015, she was honored with the Dance in Focus award given by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Dance Films Association, and in 2016 she received a lifetime achievement award from The McCallum Theatre Institute in recognition of her ground-breaking contributions to the field.

Webinar – Online Learning Class via Zoom

This class is part of our Saturday “Webinar” series. These 90-minute online presentations, taught by leading leading professionals in the field, are designed to be informative and educational. A wide range of topics will be explored. Each webinar will end with Q&A from the audience.
A link for the Zoom webinar will be emailed to the prior to the start date. Please read the instructions included in the email. If you have additional questions please contact Kevin Weinstein or Janis McGavin at

One Session
Dates: Saturday, December 11, 10-11:30 am PST
Skill/Experience Level: Open to all levels
Tuition: $45 Non-Members;$35 Members



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