Gordon Anthony was born James Gordon Dawson Stannus (1902-1989) in Wicklow, Ireland. His photographs during the ballet revival
in England in the 1930s helped the Royal Ballet obtain international prominence. His books include
Margot Fonteyn (1950),
Alicia Markova (1951) and
A Camera at the Ballet: Pioneer Dancers of the Royal Ballet (1975). The collection consists of 8 large albums of photographs and clippings of British ballet and stage by Gordon Anthony
as well as 400 original photographic prints.
Born James Gordon Dawson Stannus, December 23, 1902 in Wicklow, Ireland; better known as Gordon Anthony, a theatrical photographer
whose work revolved primarily around dance; his sister, Ninette de Valois, danced for Diaghilev and directed the Sadler's
Wells and Covent Garden Ballets; his photographs during the ballet revival in England in the 1930s helped the Royal Ballet
obtain international prominence; began his career in 1926, photographing students at his sister's ballet school in London;
appointed official portrait photographer of the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford, 1933; books include Margot Fonteyn (1950), Alicia Markova (1951), and A Camera at the Ballet: Pioneer Dancers of the Royal Ballet (1975); his 1948 publication, Studies of Dancers, was the first book of color photography in Great Britain; died July 21, 1989.
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