"Steven Caras, having danced himself, has an intuitive feel for dancers and the way they move. This understanding is evident in his photography ...he captures the outer workings of the body while revealing glimpses of the dancer's inner life." - Mikhail Baryshnikov
During the fourteen years Steven Caras danced with New York City Ballet, the company's co-founders *George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein took early serious note of Caras' natural talent in photography.
Quick to recognize his affinity with the camera, New York City Ballet granted him privileged access to photograph all aspects of their activities, readily making use of the vibrant photographs he immediately began to produce.
Numerous photographic assignments soon followed and Caras suddenly found himself cast into the enviable position of juggling two full-time careers, both of which he loved.
Forced to choose between the two, he would dance his last performance with the New York City Ballet in 1983, devoting his time thereafter exclusively to photography.
Clearly his decision has paid off. Today Steven Caras is an internationally acclaimed photographer and published author who has amassed a thirty-five year body of work considered to be one of the most valuable photographic archives in the history of dance. Images from his collection of the dance world's most celebrated artists and institutions continue to appear worldwide in prominent books, publications, films, documentaries, exhibitions and private collections. Celebrating his lifetime accomplishments, with an emphasis on his photography, film makers John Witek & Deborah Novak, have made Caras the subject of their all new international and Emmy Award-winning PBS documentary entitled Steven Caras: See Them Dance, currently airing on PBS stations across the country.
Recent Media Coverage
Spirit & Flesh: When the Student Becomes the Master
Palm Beach Illustrated: THE JOY OF DANCE
Learn about the Caras Collection here.
View some of Caras' Photographs here.