Jordan Matter Book Release Party // Rizzoli's Bookstore

On an abnormally warm fall day, anticipating guests trickled into the rear of the charming Rizzoli bookstore in NoMad Manhattan. Many attendees consisted of the dancers within book as well as non-dancer admirers, all were in anticipation of the artist talk and the opportunity to have their very own book copy signed by the creator of Dancers After Dark. 

See the Behind the Scenes video here.

This was my third time seeing or meeting Jordan in person and the release of this book in particular was especially exciting. I had met Jordan almost two years ago at a previous art show. I had just moved to New York and I had admired his work long before I had arrived. Photos from this project began to be released as they were photographed around notable places of the city and beyond. It was very cool to follow his work along with discovering increasingly familiar places to myself. As I got to know this town better, I recognized more and more of those images. I felt excited knowing he had used New York as his canvas on which to display his brainchild with all of the incredibly talented and dedicated dancers.

I think that what draws people to his work is the fact that, while not all of us are dancers, there is a reliability to the messages he sends; everyone has a dancer inside of them and we are created to follow our dreams. His thought behind photographing naked dancers in rough cityscapes is to display a contrast of vulnerability and rawness against a harsh, unknown, dark and sometimes unwelcoming city. Pairing the two creates powerful images which inspire and move the viewer to hopefully experience empathy, hope, love and empowerment. 

As a photographer, I am inspired by Jordan to search for a vision and to work hard, relentlessly to achieve it. As he jokingly boasts of zero arrests throughout the process he proves that anything is possible despite threats and obstacles to achieving your goals. Creating beautiful work is not only for your benefit but also for those who desire to be a part of it; those who desire to promote something greater than themselves to inspire and encourage other dancers - or artists of all kinds.