January 18, 2017

If you were in New York City and active in theatre or dance anytime from the 1960s onward, you were aware of Martha Swope. Her enthralling photographs appeared regularly in The New York Times and other top publications. As a performer, being photographed by her was both an honor and a sign that you had 'arrived' in a particularly visible way. Her sense of composition—of the essential excitement of a moment during a performance or rehearsal—was unparalleled. I was saddened to hear about her death last week of Parkinson's Disease, and felt compelled to revisit some of her amazing photographs, a few of which are reproduced here.

Take a minute to read Martha Swope's obituary in The New York Times. It's engrossing. Here's an excerpt:

"Even as a girl, she carried a little camera wherever she...

January 11, 2017

An actor's stock in trade--his or her product or "brand," if you will--is comprised of many things: native ability, technique, skill, experience, what some people call the "it factor' and others call charisma, and physical type and attributes. It's not breaking news that there's age discrimination in Hollywood ... and New York and London and Bangladesh. It's why so many wildly talented men and women (mostly women, let's face it) are pushed out of their lifelong vocation. They're simply deemed too old to be interesting anymore. Go ahead, scoff. We all know it's true; we see it every day.

This is a subtle, insidious, inequitable practice. Age discrimination, not unlike that based on race, gender, sexual preference or religion, is rooted in the belief that after a certain age (pick one) an actor or...

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