Before the Curtain

Portraits of the Atlanta Ballet an interview with Michael Nelson
written by: Michael Nelson

What sparked Michael Nelson’s Before the Curtain series was a shoot with a model who was a dancer. Fascinated with a concept of photographing dancers on a much larger scale, he embarked upon an extensive pro bono project with the Atlanta Ballet Company that took him into two worlds—the theater from the vantage point of the audience and the other world backstage that the audience never sees. Nelson worked on the project for two years almost a decade ago, and he looks back on that time not without some emotion. He describes it as “magical,” as well as “something I Read more »