Jordan Matter is a New York photographer, a former actor and a professional photographer specialising in dance photography based in Manhattan, US. He specializes in headshots and comp card for a large list of models and actors that incluces Alan Cumming, Michael Gastoon, and other notables, but also shoots fashion, weddings & more. He has been featured by The Today Show, Tyra Banks, MSNBC, CBS, NBC and the BBC.
While his day job keeps him plenty busy, Matter also makes time for personal projects. For his 2009 book Uncovered, he photographed over 100 New York City women, all of whom agreed to pose topless. Not a big deal, you might say, only Matter also convinced his subjects to pose IN PUBLIC, in the middle of some of New York’s busiest and most familiar spaces. The resulting images succeed in both underscoring the beauty of the female breast and challenging taboos on nudity—specifically the notion that, in public, a woman’s body is something to be covered up.
For his project, “Dancers Among Us,” which will culminate in a book published by Workman in Spring of 2013, Matter once again is taking his subjects out into the street — but this time he’s also dragging himself across the US, to shoot elite dancers in every region of the country. As with “Uncovered,” Matter’s aim is to challenge viewers to think differently about his subject. Also, by depicting dancers well outside the walls of the rehearsal studios and concert halls in which they are typically photographed, Matter says they come to symbolize the possibility of “joy in the everyday,” which, he feels, too many of us fail to recognise. Also Matter has two further projects in progress which are “Dancers After Dark“, due to be published in Fall 2016, dealing with “about a willingness to say “yes” rather than “no,” about finding a passion and pursuing it without apprehension or doubt” and “Tiny Dancers Among Us” with the intention to “create photographs that would show the world as if through [kids’] eyes” (Fall 2017).
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