This week we are celebrating the arrival of summer with this striking photograph of José Limón.
Here at the archive on Lopez Island the feeling of summer is in the air. Sun! Tourists. And everything in bloom.
José Limón, Dancer 19, 1939Silver Gelatin Estate Print
Print: 10 x 10 inches
Mount: 20 x 16 inches.
Imogen took a series of José Limón at the amphitheater at Mills College in 1939. José Limón was invited to Mills for a dance summer session, where he created the early important choreographic work, Danzas Mexicanas. The amphitheater, as well as a noted neighborhood cactus garden, became the backdrop for a series of photographs of Limón by Imogen.
Gesture and dance were one of Imogen's favored subjects - she was drawn to photograph dancers, from student dancers at Mills College and the Cornish School, to Martha Graham, Hanya Holm, Merce Cunningham and others. Often photographing dancers outside, Imogen took advantage of the sunlight to capture movement without additional articifial light.