Famous Broadway photographer Martha Swope began her career shooting one day of rehearsals for West Side Story.
"I think that photography is a craft, a tool. The art is in front of the camera. The art is the dancer…the actor. As a craftsman, you take, from what they are giving, what pleases you and what touches you"
~ Martha Swope, interview with Walter Terry for On Point: American Ballet Theatre, 1979 program.
One of Martha Swope's assistants, Carol Rosegg, soon became a successful theatre photographer herself. In the following videos, Rosegg recounts her memories of Swope.
How did you meet Martha Swope?
Photos by Martha Swope & Friedman-Abeles
Photos copyright the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Billy Rose Theatre Division
Exhibit curated by Doug Reside
Original 1957 Scenic Design by Oliver Smith, © Rosaria Sinisi