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Dance Movement A - Bronze cast Sculpture edition of 11 modern figure
By Auguste Rodin
Located in London, Chelsea
This is a casted sculpture created from an original Rodin sculpture. Bronze edition of 11. Originally conceived in 1910-11. Posthumous cast 1999-2000. During the last fifteen yea...
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1990s Vintage Dance Pictures

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Bronze

Dance Theatre of Harlem Principal Dancers
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
11 x 14" vintage silver gelatin photograph of Dance Theatre of Harlem principal dancers, photographed in New York City, 1975. Comes directly from the Jack Mitchell Archives with a ce...
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1970s Pop Art Vintage Dance Pictures

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Silver Gelatin

Dance Theatre of Harlem dancer Mel Tomlinson
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
11 x 14" vintage silver gelatin photograph of Dance Theatre of Harlem dancer Mel Tomlinson, photographed in New York City, 1975. Comes directly from the Jack Mitchell Archives with a...
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1970s Pop Art Vintage Dance Pictures

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Silver Gelatin

Dance Theatre of Harlem dancer Ronald Perry
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
11 x 14" vintage silver gelatin photograph of Dance Theatre of Harlem dancer Ronald Perry, photographed in New York City, 1975. Comes directly from the Jack Mitchell Archives with a ...
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1970s Pop Art Vintage Dance Pictures

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Silver Gelatin

Dance Theatre of Harlem dancer Mel Tomlinson
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
11 x 14" vintage silver gelatin photograph of Dance Theatre of Harlem dancer Mel Tomlinson, photographed in New York City, 1975. Comes directly from the Jack Mitchell Archives with a...
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1970s Pop Art Vintage Dance Pictures

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Silver Gelatin

Dance Theatre of Harlem dancer Paul Russell
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
11 x 14" vintage silver gelatin photograph of Dance Theatre of Harlem dancer Paul Russell, photographed in New York City, 1975. Comes directly from the Jack Mitchell Archives with a ...
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1970s Pop Art Vintage Dance Pictures

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Silver Gelatin

Cabaret Dancers
By Andrew Loomis
Located in Fort Washington, PA
Medium: Oil on Canvas Board Signature: Signed Upper Left Two women Cabaret Dancers As a youngster, William Andrew Loomis loved to draw pictures, but it was a visit to the nearby stu...
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20th Century Other Art Style Vintage Dance Pictures

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Board, Canvas, Oil

Dance Theatre of Harlem dancer Ronald Darden
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
11 x 14" vintage silver gelatin photograph of Dance Theatre of Harlem dancer Ronald Darden, photographed in New York City, 1975. Comes directly from the Jack Mitchell Archives with a...
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1970s Pop Art Vintage Dance Pictures

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Silver Gelatin

Dance Theatre of Harlem dancer Roman Brooks
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
11 x 14" vintage silver gelatin photograph of Dance Theatre of Harlem dancer Roman Brooks, photographed in New York City, 1975. Comes directly from the Jack Mitchell Archives with a ...
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1970s Pop Art Vintage Dance Pictures

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Silver Gelatin

Dancer Fernando Bujones, photographed for Dance Magazine
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
11 x 14" vintage silver gelatin photograph of Fernando Bujones, 1979. Signed by Jack Mitchell on the print verso. Comes directly from the Jack Mitchell Archives with a certificate of...
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1970s Pop Art Vintage Dance Pictures

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Silver Gelatin

Dance Theatre of Harlem dancer Ronald Darden
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
11 x 14" vintage silver gelatin photograph of Dance Theatre of Harlem dancer Ronald Darden, photographed in New York City, 1975. Comes directly from the Jack Mitchell Archives with a...
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1970s Pop Art Vintage Dance Pictures

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Silver Gelatin

Dance Theatre of Harlem dancer Ronald Perry
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
11 x 14" vintage silver gelatin photograph of Dance Theatre of Harlem dancer Ronald Perry, photographed in New York City, 1975. Comes directly from the Jack Mitchell Archives with a ...
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1970s Pop Art Vintage Dance Pictures

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Silver Gelatin

Dance Theatre of Harlem dancer Ronald Perry
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
11 x 14" vintage silver gelatin photograph of Dance Theatre of Harlem dancer Ronald Perry, photographed in New York City, 1975. Comes directly from the Jack Mitchell Archives with a ...
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1970s Pop Art Vintage Dance Pictures

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Silver Gelatin

Dance Theatre of Harlem dancer Roman Brooks
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
11 x 14" vintage silver gelatin photograph of Dance Theatre of Harlem dancer Roman Brooks, photographed in New York City, 1975. Comes directly from the Jack Mitchell Archives with a ...
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1970s Pop Art Vintage Dance Pictures

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Silver Gelatin

Dance Theatre of Harlem dancer Joe Wyatt
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
11 x 14" vintage silver gelatin photograph of Dance Theatre of Harlem dancer Joe Wyatt, photographed in New York City, 1975. Comes directly from the Jack Mitchell Archives with a cer...
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1970s Pop Art Vintage Dance Pictures

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Silver Gelatin

Dancer/choreographer and Dance Company Founder Jose Limon
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
11 x 14" vintage silver gelatin photograph of Dancer/Choreographer and Dance Company Founder Jose Limon in 1964. Signed on the print verso. Comes directly from the Jack Mitchell Arch...
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1960s Pop Art Vintage Dance Pictures

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Silver Gelatin

Dancer Bill McCourt
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
11 x 14" vintage silver gelatin photograph of dancer Bill McCourt, 1972. Comes directly from the Jack Mitchell Archives with a certificate of authenticity. Jack Mitchell, (1925-20...
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1970s Pop Art Vintage Dance Pictures

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Silver Gelatin

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Dancer Mikko Nissinen
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
11 x 14" vintage silver gelatin photograph of Dancer Mikko Nissinen. Comes directly from the Jack Mitchell Archives with a certificate of authenticity. Jack Mitchell, (1925-2013) b...
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1980s Pop Art Vintage Dance Pictures

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Silver Gelatin

Untitled: Dancing Nudes
By Vladimir Szabo
Located in New York, NY
Vladimir Szabo (Hungarian 1905-1991), " Untitled: Dancing Nudes", Figurative Lithograph, 15 x 23.75, Late 20th Century Colors: Black and White A pupil of Gyula Rudnay, István Csók ...
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Late 20th Century Abstract Vintage Dance Pictures

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Lithograph

Broadway Dancer, Singer & Actress Ann Reinking, Photographed for Dance Magazine
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
11 x 14" vintage silver gelatin photograph of dancer and Broadway star Ann Reinking, photographed for Dance Magazine December 7, 1981. Comes directly from the Jack Mitchell Archives...
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1980s Pop Art Vintage Dance Pictures

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Silver Gelatin

Dance Theatre of Harlem Principal Dancers LGBTQ+ Pride 2022 Sale
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
11 x 14" vintage silver gelatin photograph of Dance Theatre of Harlem principal dancers, photographed in New York City, 1975. Comes directly from the Jack Mitchell Archives with a ce...
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1970s Pop Art Vintage Dance Pictures

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Silver Gelatin

Dance Company Founder Twyla Tharp held aloft by her dancers
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
11 x 14" vintage silver gelatin photograph, of dance company founder Twyla Tharp held aloft by her dancers, 1984. Comes directly from the Jack Mitchell Archives with a certificate of...
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1970s Pop Art Vintage Dance Pictures

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Silver Gelatin

Dancer Fernando Bujones, photographed for Dance Magazine, signed by Mitchell
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
11 x 14" vintage silver gelatin photograph of dancer Fernando Bujones, who was the youngest principal male dancer in the American Ballet Theatre's history, 1979. Signed and numbered ...
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1970s Pop Art Vintage Dance Pictures

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Silver Gelatin

Young Dancer Fernando Bujones, photographed for Dance Magazine, Age 13
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
11 x 14" vintage silver gelatin photograph of Fernando Bujones, 1968. Comes directly from the Jack Mitchell Archives with a certificate of authenticity. Jack Mitchell, (1925-2013)...
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1960s Pop Art Vintage Dance Pictures

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Silver Gelatin

Anonymous Male Nude Dancer
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
11 x 14" vintage silver gelatin photograph of anonymous male dancer, 1965. Comes directly from the Jack Mitchell Archives with a certificate of authenticity. Jack Mitchell, (1925-...
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1970s Pop Art Vintage Dance Pictures

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Silver Gelatin

Choreographer/Dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
11 x 14" vintage silver gelatin photograph of ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov, 1995. Comes directly from the Jack Mitchell Archives with a certificate of authenticity. Jack Mitch...
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1990s Pop Art Vintage Dance Pictures

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Silver Gelatin

Dancer Carmen De Lavallade
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
11 x 14" vintage silver gelatin photograph of dancer Carmen De Lavallade, 1961. Comes directly from the Jack Mitchell Archives with a certificate of authenticity. Jack Mitchell, (19...
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1960s Pop Art Vintage Dance Pictures

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Silver Gelatin

Dancer/Choreographer Trisha Brown
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
11 x 14" vintage silver gelatin photograph of Dancer/Choreographer Trisha Brown performing in 1987. Comes directly from the Jack Mitchell Archives with a certificate of authenticity....
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1980s Pop Art Vintage Dance Pictures

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Silver Gelatin

Dancer/Choreographer Lar Lubovitch
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
8 x 10" vintage silver gelatin photograph of dancer, choreographer Lar Lubovitch photographed in 1964. This is a print that was published by a newspaper or magazine which they used t...
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1960s Pop Art Vintage Dance Pictures

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Silver Gelatin

Dancer/Choreographer Lar Lubovitch
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
8 x 10" vintage silver gelatin photograph of dancer, choreographer Lar Lubovitch photographed in 1964. This is a print that was published by a newspaper or magazine which they used t...
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1960s Pop Art Vintage Dance Pictures

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Silver Gelatin

Dancer & Choreographer Louis Falco
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
8 x 10" vintage silver gelatin photograph of dancer and choreographer Louis Falco, 1961. This is a print that was published by a newspaper or magazine which they used to scan and the...
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1960s Pop Art Vintage Dance Pictures

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Silver Gelatin

Argentinian Ballet Dancer Julio Bocca
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
11 x 14" vintage silver gelatin photograph of Argentinian dancer Julio Bocca, one of the most important ballet dancers of the later part of the 20th century, 1991. Comes directly fro...
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1990s Pop Art Vintage Dance Pictures

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Silver Gelatin

Dancer/choreographer Molissa Fenley performing
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
11 x 14" vintage silver gelatin photograph of dancer/choreographer Molissa Fenley performing, 1982. Comes directly from the Jack Mitchell Archives with a certificate of authenticity....
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1980s Pop Art Vintage Dance Pictures

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Silver Gelatin

Dancer and Choreographer Louis Falco
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
11 x 14" vintage silver gelatin photograph of young dancer and choreographer Louis Falco, 1965. Comes directly from the Jack Mitchell Archives with a certificate of authenticity. J...
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1960s Pop Art Vintage Dance Pictures

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Silver Gelatin

Paul Taylor Dance Company Performing
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
11 x 14" vintage silver gelatin photograph of Paul Taylor Dance Company in performance, 1991. Comes directly from the Jack Mitchell Archives with a certificate of authenticity. Jac...
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1990s Pop Art Vintage Dance Pictures

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Silver Gelatin

Dancer & Choreographer Louis Falco Performing
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
8 x 10" vintage silver gelatin photograph of dancer and choreographer Louis Falco, performing in 1962. This is a print that was published by a newspaper or magazine which they used t...
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1960s Pop Art Vintage Dance Pictures

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Silver Gelatin

Argentinian Ballet Dancer Julio Bocca
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
11 x 14" vintage silver gelatin photograph of Argentinian dancer Julio Bocca, one of the most important ballet dancers of the later part of the 20th century, 1991. Comes directly fro...
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1990s Pop Art Vintage Dance Pictures

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Silver Gelatin

Dancer/Choreographer Paul Taylor Rehearsing
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
11 x 14" vintage silver gelatin photograph of Paul Taylor rehearsing a new dance in his studio, 1964. Comes directly from the Jack Mitchell Archives with a certificate of authenticit...
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1960s Pop Art Vintage Dance Pictures

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Silver Gelatin

Dancer/choreographer Molissa Fenley performing
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
11 x 14" vintage silver gelatin photograph of dancer/choreographer Molissa Fenley performing, 1991. Comes directly from the Jack Mitchell Archives with a certificate of authenticity....
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1990s Pop Art Vintage Dance Pictures

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Silver Gelatin

Rudolf Nureyev in dance class
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
8 x 10" vintage silver gelatin photograph of Rudolf Nureyev in dance class, January 20, 1965. This is a print that was published by Dance Magazine or the New York Times which they us...
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1960s Pop Art Vintage Dance Pictures

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Silver Gelatin

Dancer & Choreographer Louis Falco Performing
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
8 x 10" vintage silver gelatin photograph of dancer and choreographer Louis Falco, performing in 1963. This is a print that was published by a newspaper or magazine which they used t...
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1960s Pop Art Vintage Dance Pictures

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Silver Gelatin

Dancer/choreographer Molissa Fenley performing
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
11 x 14" vintage silver gelatin photograph of dancer/choreographer Molissa Fenley performing, 1991. Comes directly from the Jack Mitchell Archives with a certificate of authenticity....
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1990s Pop Art Vintage Dance Pictures

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Silver Gelatin

Paul Taylor Dance Company Performing
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
11 x 14" vintage silver gelatin photograph of Paul Taylor Dance Company in performance, 1991. Comes directly from the Jack Mitchell Archives with a certificate of authenticity. Jac...
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1990s Pop Art Vintage Dance Pictures

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Silver Gelatin

Paul Taylor Dance Company Performing
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
11 x 14" vintage silver gelatin photograph of Paul Taylor Dance Company in performance, 1991. Comes directly from the Jack Mitchell Archives with a certificate of authenticity. Jac...
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1990s Pop Art Vintage Dance Pictures

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Silver Gelatin

Paul Taylor dancer Twyla Tharp
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
11 x 14" vintage silver gelatin photograph of Paul Taylor dancer Twyla Tharp performing in 1963. Comes directly from the Jack Mitchell Archives with a certificate of authenticity. ...
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1960s Pop Art Vintage Dance Pictures

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Silver Gelatin

Dancer/Choreographer Paul Taylor Rehearsing
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
11 x 14" vintage silver gelatin photograph of Paul Taylor rehearsing a new dance in his studio, 1962. Comes directly from the Jack Mitchell Archives with a certificate of authenticit...
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1960s Pop Art Vintage Dance Pictures

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Silver Gelatin

Dancer & Choreographer Louis Falco Performing
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
8 x 10" vintage silver gelatin photograph of dancer and choreographer Louis Falco, performing in 1962. This is a print that was published by a newspaper or magazine which they used t...
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1960s Pop Art Vintage Dance Pictures

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Silver Gelatin

Dance Theatre of Harlem dancer Donald Williams 'Billy the Kid', signed by Jack
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
11 x 14" vintage silver gelatin photograph of Dance Theatre of Harlem dancer Donald Williams in 'Billy the Kid', 1988. Signed on the print verso by Jack Mitchell. Comes directly from...
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1980s Pop Art Vintage Dance Pictures

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Silver Gelatin

Dancer & Choreographer Louis Falco Performing
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
8 x 10" vintage silver gelatin photograph of dancer and choreographer Louis Falco, performing in 1962. This is a print that was published by a newspaper or magazine which they used t...
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1960s Pop Art Vintage Dance Pictures

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Silver Gelatin

Dancer & Choreographer Louis Falco Performing
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
8 x 10" vintage silver gelatin photograph of dancer and choreographer Louis Falco, performing in 1962. This is a print that was published by a newspaper or magazine which they used t...
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1960s Pop Art Vintage Dance Pictures

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Silver Gelatin

Dancer/Choreographer Merce Cunningham studio portrait
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
11 x 14" vintage silver gelatin photograph of dancer, choreographer Merce Cunningham, studio portrait, 1962. Comes directly from the Jack Mitchell Archives with a certificate of auth...
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1960s Pop Art Vintage Dance Pictures

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Silver Gelatin

Henri Matisse (After) - Lithograph - Dancer
By (after) Henri Matisse
Located in Collonge Bellerive, Geneve, CH
after Henri MATISSE (1869-1954) Lithograph Signed in the plate Vélin Paper Dimensions: 32 x 24 cm (12 x 9") This lithograph is one of a rare edition made during the Second World War ...
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1940s Modern Vintage Dance Pictures

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Lithograph

Broadway & Ballet Dancer & Choreographer John Butler
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
11 x 14" vintage silver gelatin photograph of Broadway and Ballet dancer and choreographer John Butler, 1984. Comes directly from the Jack Mitchell Archives with a certificate of aut...
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1980s Pop Art Vintage Dance Pictures

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Silver Gelatin

Dancer/Choreographer José Limón in 'Legend'
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
8 x 10" vintage silver gelatin photograph of dancer/choreographer José Limón, in 'Legend', Multiple Exposure in 1969. This is a print that was published by a newspaper or magazine w...
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1960s Pop Art Vintage Dance Pictures

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Silver Gelatin

Dancer, Choreographer & Company Founder Robert Joffrey
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
8 x 10" vintage silver gelatin photograph of dancer, choreographer and company founder Robert Joffrey photographed in New York City in 1964. This is a print that was published by a n...
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1960s Pop Art Vintage Dance Pictures

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Silver Gelatin

Alwin Nikolais Modern Dance Company Performing
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
11 x 14" vintage silver gelatin photograph, of the Alwin Nikolais Modern Dance Company performing, 1980. Comes directly from the Jack Mitchell Archives with a certificate of authenti...
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1990s Pop Art Vintage Dance Pictures

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Silver Gelatin

American modern-dance choreographer Erick Hawkins
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
11 x 14" vintage silver gelatin photograph of American modern-dance choreographer Erick Hawkins, 1973. Comes directly from the Jack Mitchell Archives with a certificate of authentici...
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1970s Pop Art Vintage Dance Pictures

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Silver Gelatin

Dancer/Choreographer Paul Taylor studio portrait
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
11 x 14" vintage silver gelatin photograph of Paul Taylor studio portrait taken April 3, 1964. Comes directly from the Jack Mitchell Archives with a certificate of authenticity. Ja...
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1960s Pop Art Vintage Dance Pictures

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Silver Gelatin

Dancer/Choreographer Merce Cunningham studio portrait
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
11 x 14" vintage silver gelatin photograph of dancer, choreographer Merce Cunningham, studio portrait, 1962. Comes directly from the Jack Mitchell Archives with a certificate of auth...
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1960s Pop Art Vintage Dance Pictures

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Silver Gelatin

Broadway & Ballet Dancer & Choreographer John Butler
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
11 x 14" vintage silver gelatin photograph of Broadway and Ballet dancer and choreographer John Butler, 1984. Comes directly from the Jack Mitchell Archives with a certificate of aut...
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1980s Pop Art Vintage Dance Pictures

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Silver Gelatin

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Vintage Dance Pictures For Sale on 1stDibs

Find a variety of vintage dance pictures available on 1stDibs. A selection of these works in the Pop Art, Modern and Contemporary styles can be found today in our inventory. These items have been made for many years, with versions that date back to the 20th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 20th Century. If you’re looking to add vintage dance pictures that pop against an otherwise neutral space in your home, the works available on 1stDibs include that feature elements of black, gray, brown, blue and more. Many versions of these artworks are appealing in their rich colors and composition, but Jack Mitchell, (after) Henri Matisse, Henri Matisse, Slim Aarons and Doris Zinkeisen produced especially popular works that are worth a look. Each of these unique pieces was handmade with extraordinary care, with artists most often working in silver gelatin print, pigment print and archival pigment print.

How Much are Vintage Dance Pictures?

The average selling price for vintage dance pictures we offer is $1,800, while they’re typically $69 on the low end and $180,000 for the highest priced.

Jack Mitchell Biography and Important Works

Over his four-decade career, photographer Jack Mitchell chronicled the changing cultural landscape of mid- to late-20th-century America by capturing the greatest influencers and innovators in the performing and visual arts.

Mitchell, a master of lighting patterns in photography who had his first portrait published at the age of 15, organized more than 5,400 photographic sessions in his lifetime involving a list of sitters that is as astounding as it is long. A veritable roll call of heroes and idols, his studio guests include painters, dancers, actors, comedians, singers, composers, directors, writers, impresarios and anyone else who helped shape the zeitgeist.

During World War II, when he was only 16 years old, Mitchell photographed Veronica Lake for a Daytona newspaper. It was his first celebrity gig, but that didn’t stop the audacious wunderkind from asking the actress to sweep back her signature “peekaboo” locks so he could get her full face in the frame. Lake, who was in Florida to help the war effort and at the peak of her career, politely obliged, and the two later became lifelong friends.

Mitchell, who was openly gay (his long-term partner and manager, Robert Plavik, died in 2009), also struck up a close relationship with Gloria Swanson. From 1960 to 1970, he served as her personal paparazzo, snapping a variety of “candid” shots of the aging but eternally glamorous actress as if she were a pre-mobile/pre-social-media reality star.

The diverse publications in which Mitchell’s work has appeared — in addition to the New York Times, there’s Rolling Stone, Dance Magazine, People, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Time, Harper’s Bazaar and Newsweek — testify to the power of his arresting visual language and its ability to transcend themes and disciplines.

Mitchell also famously shot a series of intimate portraits of John Lennon and Yoko Ono in November 1980, just one month before the Beatles singer was assassinated. A picture from this session became the cover of People’s memorial issue, one of the magazine’s best-selling editions to date.

The showbiz gloss should not distract from Mitchell’s meticulous approach to photography. He insisted on producing his own prints in order to achieve what he deemed museum-quality patina and definition.

“Jack shot many rolls of black-and-white film, and always some color transparencies, of every famous person he photographed,” says Craig Highberger, a friend of the late photographer and the executive director of the Jack Mitchell Archives.

In the world of dance, the field for which Mitchell is best known, his striking and incisive shots of legendary performers and choreographers reflect the visceral energy that these luminaries introduced to the discipline in the 1960s and ’70s, widely considered the Golden Age of American dance theater.

“Jack’s photographs of dancers during his lifetime are a historic chronicle of an amazing period in dance history. He was Alvin Ailey’s dance company photographer from 1961 to 1994,” says Highberger, noting that Mitchell’s collection of 10,000 black-and-white Ailey prints now belongs to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Mitchell’s dance images are at once ethereal and powerfully dynamic. Not only do they evoke movement through elegant poses and disciplined muscular tension, but they also convey an intimate energy radiating directly from his subjects, as if he had magically unlocked a reflective mood or a character trait, without contrivance.

The collection of authentic Jack Mitchell photography on 1stDibs includes his black and white photography, color photography, nude photography and more.

A Close Look at pop-art Art

Perhaps one of the most influential contemporary-art movements, Pop art emerged in the 1950s. In stark contrast to traditional artistic practice, it drew on imagery from popular culture — comic books, advertising, product packaging and other commercial media — to create paintings and sculptures that celebrated ordinary life in the most literal way.

Pop art started in Britain as a reaction, both positive and critical, to the period’s consumerism. Its goal was to put popular culture on the same level as so-called high culture.

Richard Hamilton’s 1956 collage Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different, so appealing? is widely believed to have kickstarted this unconventional new style.

Pop art works are distinguished by their bold imagery, bright colors and seemingly commonplace subject matter. Practitioners sought to challenge the status quo, breaking with the perceived elitism of the previously dominant Abstract Expressionism and making statements about current events. Other key characteristics of Pop art include appropriation of imagery and techniques from popular and commercial culture; use of different media and formats; repetition in imagery and iconography; incorporation of mundane objects from advertisements, cartoons and other popular media; hard edges; and ironic and witty treatment of subject matter.

Although British artists launched the movement, they were soon overshadowed by their American counterparts. Pop art is perhaps most closely identified with Andy Warhol, whose clever appropriation of motifs and images helped to transform the artistic style into a lifestyle. Most of the best-known Pop artists started in commercial art (Warhol made whimsical drawings as a hobby during his early years as a commercial illustrator), a background that helped them in merging high and popular culture.

Roy Lichtenstein was another prominent American Pop artist. Much like Warhol, Lichtenstein drew his subjects from print media, particularly comic strips, producing paintings and sculptures characterized by primary colors, bold outlines and halftone dots, elements appropriated from commercial printing. Recontextualizing a lowbrow image by importing it into a fine-art context was a trademark of his style. Neo-pop artists like Jeff Koons and Takashi Murakami further blurred the line between art and popular culture.

Pop art rose to prominence largely through the work of a handful of men creating works that were unemotional and distanced — in other words, stereotypically masculine. However, there were many important female Pop artists, such as Rosalyn Drexler, whose significant contributions to the movement are recognized today. Best known for her work as a playwright and novelist, Drexler also created paintings and collages embodying Pop art themes and stylistic features.

Read more about the history of Pop art and the style’s famous artists, and browse a collection of Pop art prints, photography and other works on 1stDibs.

Finding the Right Photography for You

Find a broad range of fine photography on 1stDibs today.

The first permanent image created by a camera — which materialized during the 1820s — is attributed to Joseph Nicéphore Niépce. The French inventor was on to something for sure. Kodak introduced roll film in the 1880s, allowing photography to become more democratic, although cameras wouldn’t be universally accessible until several decades later. 

Digital photographic techniques, software, smartphone cameras and social-networking platforms such as Instagram have made it even easier in the modern era for budding photographers to capture the world around them as well as disseminate their images far and wide. 

What might leading figures of visual art such as Andy Warhol have done with these tools at their disposal?

Today, when we aren’t looking at the digital photos that inundate us on our phones, we look to the past to celebrate the photographers who have broken rules as well as records — provocative and prolific artists like Horst P. Horst, Lillian Bassman and Helmut Newton, who altered the face of fashion and portrait photography; visionary documentary photographers such as Gordon Parks, whose best-known work was guided by social justice; and pioneers of street photography such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, who shot for revolutionary travel magazines like Holiday with the likes of globetrotting society lensman Slim Aarons.

Find photographers you may not know in Introspective and The Study — where you’ll read about Berenice Abbott, who positioned herself atop skyscrapers for the perfect shot, or “conceptual artist-adventurer” Charles Lindsay, whose work combines scientific rigor with artistic expression, or Massimo Listri, known for his epic interiors of opulent Old World libraries.

Throughout the past two centuries, photographers have used their medium to create expressive work that has resonated for generations. Shop a voluminous collection of this powerful fine photography on 1stDibs. Search by photographer to find the perfect piece for your living room wall, or spend some time with the work organized under various categories, such as landscape photography, nude photography and more.