Martha Graham (May 11, 1894 – April 1, 1991) was an American modern dancer and choreographer whose influence on dance has been compared with the influence Picasso had on modern visual arts, Stravinsky had on music, or Frank Lloyd Wright had on architecture. She danced and choreographed for over seventy years. Photo was taken by Imogen Cunningham in 1931.

Martha Graham (May 11, 1894 – April 1, 1991) was an American modern dancer and choreographer whose influence on dance has been compared with the influence Picasso had on modern visual arts, Stravinsky had on music, or Frank Lloyd Wright had on architecture. She danced and choreographed for over seventy years. Photo was taken by Imogen Cunningham in 1931.

Dancer Martha Graham, New York, 1931. Photograph by Edward Steichen. Steichen could not take photographs in motion, which could have made photographing dancers difficult. So when working with dancers he had them move into sculpted gestures and hold...

Dancer Martha Graham, New York, 1931. Photograph by Edward Steichen. Steichen could not take photographs in motion, which could have made photographing dancers difficult. So when working with dancers he had them move into sculpted gestures and hold...

Photography by Martha Graham for Harper’s Bazaar, May 1994

Photography by Martha Graham for Harper’s Bazaar, May 1994

One of my fav pics.Martha Graham taken by Imogen Cunningham

One of my fav pics.Martha Graham taken by Imogen Cunningham

Martha Graham Graham identified a method of breathing and impulse control she called "contraction and release." For her, movement originated in the tension of a contracted muscle, and continued in the flow of energy released from the body as the muscle relaxed. This method of muscle control gave Graham's dances and dancers a hard, angular look, one that was very unfamiliar to dance audiences used to the smooth, lyrical bodily motions of Isadora Duncan and Ruth St. Denis.

Martha Graham Graham identified a method of breathing and impulse control she called "contraction and release." For her, movement originated in the tension of a contracted muscle, and continued in the flow of energy released from the body as the muscle relaxed. This method of muscle control gave Graham's dances and dancers a hard, angular look, one that was very unfamiliar to dance audiences used to the smooth, lyrical bodily motions of Isadora Duncan and Ruth St. Denis.

Martha Graham is a perfect example of somebody who worked hard, and it paid off. She is truly and inspiration.

Martha Graham is a perfect example of somebody who worked hard, and it paid off. She is truly and inspiration.

Martha Graham, Lamantation, 1930. De manier van dansen die Graham ontwikkelde, staat bekend als Grahamdans. Naast het klassiek ballet is dit het enige uitgewerkte systeem voor beroepsdansers. In deze dans is het middenrif het startpunt voor iedere beweging: spanning en ontspanning door in- en uitademen. Andere kenmerken zijn het vallen, de spiraal (het na elkaar ronddraaien van bekken, middel, schouders en hoofd) kruipen, vallen, rollen en zwiepende bewegingen.

Martha Graham, Lamantation, 1930. De manier van dansen die Graham ontwikkelde, staat bekend als Grahamdans. Naast het klassiek ballet is dit het enige uitgewerkte systeem voor beroepsdansers. In deze dans is het middenrif het startpunt voor iedere beweging: spanning en ontspanning door in- en uitademen. Andere kenmerken zijn het vallen, de spiraal (het na elkaar ronddraaien van bekken, middel, schouders en hoofd) kruipen, vallen, rollen en zwiepende bewegingen.

Martha Graham by Soichi Sunami · r\a\w f\o\r\m\s

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Martha Graham by Soichi Sunami · r\a\w f\o\r\m\s

This expresses how my physical pain makes me feel every day! I just want to escape this body!

This expresses how my physical pain makes me feel every day! I just want to escape this body!

Martha Graham, 1922, while she was still a student at the Denishawn School in Los Angeles

Martha Graham, 1922, while she was still a student at the Denishawn School in Los Angeles

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