Dancers by King Douglas


Dance should look effortless seems to be a universal ideal.  The extreme effort  and years of relentless practice required to meet this ideal are accepted as the price that must be paid.  These photographs,  taken in class, rehearsal, and performance, represent King Douglas attempt to capture the elusive transformation of muscle, bone, and sweat into what is sometimes an intimate and moving experience for dancer and audience alike.

These photographs are not dominated by famous dancers, although photographs of Rudolph Nureyev, Peter Martins, Suzanne Farrell, and other well-known dancers are included.  Douglas’s goal has been to capitalize on beauty and talent whenever and wherever it has been available to him. Many of the dancers in the photographs are his friends, and the work you see was a kind of partnership between them to create beautiful images that would do justice to their talent and artistry.


The photographs were on display at an exhibition entitled "Pose/Repose: The Dance Photographs of King Douglas" at the Hughes-Trigg Gallery at Southern Methodist University in 1990. The Dallas Morning News gave the exhibition the cover The Arts section.