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Jack Mitchell (1925-)

No photographer has covered the American dance scene so thoroughly as Jack Mitchell.
-Walter Terry

Jack Mitchell is a master photographer, born in New Smyrna Beach, FL. He learned basic photography from his father and by avid reading of photography magazines. He has earned his living from photography since age fifteen. Also, at age fifteen his first nationally published photograph, a portrait of his oil painting instructor, appeared in The Complete Photographer . He moved from Florida to New York City in 1950, four years after completion of duty as a U.S. Army public relations photographer in Florence and Venice, Italy. At the suggestion of modern dance pioneer Ted Shawn he concentrated on photographing dance and dancers. Continuing success in that field became the portal to his work with major creative and performing artists of all disciplines, including dancers, actors, painters, composers, musicians, writers, and choreographers beginning in 1960 to 1995. Photographing some of the most famous and influential people of our time, Jack Mitchell has photographed the greatest ballet and modern dance companies as well as shot assignments for The New York Times, The New York Tribune, Dance, After Dark, Rolling Stone, Time, Newsweek, Life People, Vogue, and Harper’s Bazaar magazines, among others. He is currently retired, living in New Smyrna Beach.


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