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Martha Graham

Martha Graham
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Sonya Noskowiak, 25 Nov 1900 - 28 Apr 1975
Martha Graham, 11 May 1894 - 1 Apr 1991
c. 1936
Gelatin silver print
Image/Sheet: 21.8 x 16.7cm (8 9/16 x 6 9/16")
Mount: 25.5 x 19.3cm (10 1/16 x 7 5/8")
Mat: 45.7 x 35.6cm (18 x 14")
Martha Graham: Female
Martha Graham: Performing Arts\Performer\Dancer
Martha Graham: Performing Arts\Choreographer
Martha Graham: Performing Arts\Dance Instructor
Martha Graham: Presidential Medal of Freedom
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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© Estate of Sonya Noskowiak, Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona Foundation
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Most would agree that anyone starting out in dance past the age of twenty is unlikely to go very far in the profession. One extraordinary exception was Martha Graham, who did not enroll in a dance class until she was twenty-two. Premising her approach to dance on the belief that movement grew out of emotion, Graham eventually went on to form her own dance company and continued to perform until she was seventy-five. Along the way, she also choreographed scores of original works and became a leading force in the creation of modern American dance.
This likeness was made when Graham and her company were performing in San Francisco. When some audiences members there found Graham's approach a bit too avant-garde the dancer noted, "No artist is ahead of his time. He is his time; it is just the others are behind the time."
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National Portrait Gallery