Influence or Coincidence: The Ballet Ballad


Sometimes, having a steady a hand isn’t all that matters when taking a good picture. So much so, that a blurry picture can often make an excellent shot. This installment of Influence or Coincidence looks at the ballet shots of Alexey Brodovitch and who of our fellow lomographers came closest to his delicate motion.

Image from Brodovitch’s book Ballet via

Russian-born American émigré Alexey Brodovitch is best known for the two decades he spent as art director of Harper’s Bazaar between 1938 and 1958. However, right before that, from 1935 to 1937, he shot these blurry, black and white ballet shots. As you can see, the images capture ballet’s magical moments both on stage and behind-the-scenes.

Image from Brodovitch’s book Ballet via
Image from Brodovitch’s book Ballet via

Brodovitch’s weapon of choice? A 35mm Contax. As you might have guessed, he used no flash, and low speed film and this in turn caused his style to deviate from the rigid, sharp photography typical of the time.

Image from Brodovitch’s book Ballet via Wikipedia

Speaking of style, here are the shots I picked from which I feel best match Brodovitch’s:

Credits: antoniodezner, neja, bluenailpolish & lomovan

Once again, it was a close call but congratulations to tsnsak who I feel came closest.

Credits: tsnsak

For further reading on Alexey Brodovitch visit Wikipedia or try get your hands on Ballet, the book he published in 1945. Don’t worry if you don’t manage the original though, there’s a 2011 reprint out too.

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written by webo29 on 2012-03-15 #dance #lifestyle #blur #ballet #lomography #low-iso #analogue-lifestyle #regular-contributors #influence-or-coincidence #blurred-b-w #blurry-photos #lomography-loves-russia


  1. webo29
    webo29 ·

    Well done to @antoniodezner, @neja, @bluenailpolish, @lomovan, @abhoan, @tsnsak

  2. antoniodezner
    antoniodezner ·

    @webo29 Thank you! It's great that you found my photo and used it in your article!

  3. mafiosa
    mafiosa ·

    Beautiful photos!!

  4. domemerson
    domemerson ·

    Pretty nice photos and article.

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