Ms. Tharp, allow me to introduce myself. I'm a NYC photographer, and I've been shooting dancers in everyday situations for over two years. The project is titled, "Dancers Among Us". It has been viewed millions of times on my website, and featured in blogs, newspapers, magazines and television segments around the world. I'm traveling the country photographing dancers for the book, with my eye on a 2013 national book release with Workman Publishing.
I would be extremely honored if you would allow me to photograph you for the Dancers Among Us book. Your legendary status in the dance world and beyond, along with your creative brilliance, would make you a thrilling collaborator.
I've crossed your path many times as I've worked on this project. It all began with one of your early companies, the Paul Taylor Dance Company-
As the project expanded and I traveled around the country, your footprints were everywhere-
It all came full circle when I was hired to shoot the PTDC "Moving!" to Lincoln Center 2012 campaign, which caused me to jump for joy!
If you'd like to see the Dancers Among Us gallery, watch behind-the-scenes videos and read press clippings, please visit the project's website-
I have a couple of months until I need to submit all my photos to Workman. If you live in New York City, I am at your beck and call. If you live in Los Angeles, I will be there March 26-29. If you live anywhere else, I'll be on the next plane to meet you. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested.
Since my son inspired this project, a percentage of the proceeds I receive will be donated to a children's charity. That's a blatant attempt to pull at your heartstrings, but it also happens to be true.
Thank you, Ms. Tharp. I hope to meet you soon.