The Underwater Photography of Howard Schatz.
Photography by Howard Schatz.
Bulfinch, New York, 2007. 176 pp., Illustrated throughout, 10¼x13½".
Acclaimed photographer Howard Schatz broke new ground in the 1990s with his books Water Dance and Pool Light, two collections of luminous photographs of dancers, some clothed and some nude, all taken underwater. His underwater photography has been called uncanny, lithe and athletic, exquisitely real, and mysterious, and has been widely imitated in art and advertising.
The dancers seem to transcend time and space to become floating, ethereal objects. Schatz's new underwater photographs are shot in a state-of-the-art, custom-built pool fitted with studio lights and covered with a giant dome to regulate temperature. The results are stunning. His unique images—at once lyrical, fantastic, and palpably real—express the beauty of inspired movement magically free of the restrictions of gravity.
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