Tanny

Tanaquil Le Clercq

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Nice going, once again, pherank! But if it's not asking too much, is there more, specifically, a following page to go with that first image? It says, "(continued)" in the lower right corner. Or is this an auction for those only interested in images?

I wasn't able to locate the auction itself, but here's a link to one of the image display pages: http://www.biggerbids.com/auction-image-gallery.php?ig=2&auction_id=543580&image_id=3204016

Fantastic find, pherank. Thank you! How interesting to read that Le Clerq could appear both plain and beautiful. She looks as beautiful in that top photo as in any I've seen.

A happy face is always good. My only quibble would be that the hard lighting of Tanny in her Les Illuminations costume 'de-mystifies' the image I had in my mind - inspired by the more famous Illuminations photos by George Platt Lynes.

[EDIT] While I was looking about for any and all auctions mentioning Tanaquil Le Clercq, I found this listing from July, 2013 mentioning:

Collection of (81) black-and-white camera negatives of Tanaquil LeClercq by Milton Greene. Collection of black-and-white 2.25 x 2.25 in. camera negatives (81) on Kodak safety film, with contact sheets (27) and later prints (9), of Tanaquil LeClercq (1929-2000) for Life by Milton Greene, from the Estate of Milton Greene; dated 1-1-51. LeClercq was principal dancer with New York City Ballet and fourth and last wife of George Balanchine who choreographed a ballet for her when she was 15 for polio charity: she contracted polio in 1956 later ending her dancing career paralyzing her from the waist down. Offered with copyrights.

http://www.artfact.com/auction-lot/collection-of-81-black-and-white-camera-negativ-144-c-a67b8e0486

81 images! Holy cow. Take a look at the thumbnail images - really great shots. ;)

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the Cosmo article covers pp. 46 - 53 (four pp. include text, the others, photos). i got a copy a while ago. the spine is unfortunately tight and fitting it into my scanner would likely damage the binding.

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the Cosmo article covers pp. 46 - 53 (four pp. include text, the others, photos). i got a copy a while ago. the spine is unfortunately tight and fitting it into my scanner would likely damage the binding.

Not worth the risk then. I've had the same problem trying to scan old publications - often the binding can't take the abuse.

If the article has worthwhile text, I suppose it could be photographed with a camera rather than a scanner.

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If the article has worthwhile text, I suppose it could be photographed with a camera rather than a scanner.

I recently took photographs of an article from Life magazine - not with my expensive Canon but with my iPhone which produces better results. I have a few colleagues who use their iPhone camera in the archives too. It is really amazing.

Thank you for posting these fantastic photographs.

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the New York Film Festival has sent out a release with the following information:

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Motion Portraits
AFTERNOON OF A FAUN: TANAQUIL LE CLERCQ (2013) 93 min
Director: Nancy Buirski
Country: USA
A radiant film about Tanaquil Le Clercq - wife of and muse to George Balanchine - who was struck down by polio at the peak of her career, and a vivid portrayal of a world and a time gone by.
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learning of specific screening dates isn't clear from the festival's site:

http://www.filmlinc.com/nyff2013/pages/nyff51-schedule

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the New York Film Festival has sent out a release with the following information:

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Motion Portraits

AFTERNOON OF A FAUN: TANAQUIL LE CLERCQ (2013) 93 min

Director: Nancy Buirski

Country: USA

A radiant film about Tanaquil Le Clercq - wife of and muse to George Balanchine - who was struck down by polio at the peak of her career, and a vivid portrayal of a world and a time gone by.

>>

learning of specific screening dates isn't clear from the festival's site:

http://www.filmlinc.com/nyff2013/pages/nyff51-schedule

Good job, RG - I know many people are waiting to actually see this documentary.

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Noted in Sheri Leblanc's "Musings" blog:

"Tanny and Robbins’ friendship continued right up until their deaths – Robbins in 1998, Tanny on what would have been her forty-eighth wedding anniversary to Balanchine in 2000. When Robbins died, the only photograph found in his bedroom was a simple, framed snap of Tanny taken at some point in the seventies – not one of her glamorous, Cecil Beaton-taken shots, but one of Tanny simply smiling at the photographer, likely Robbins, from her wheelchair – a memory more than a picture."

http://sheris-musings.tumblr.com/post/25001658950/tanni

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There are several inaccuracies in this blog entry. I hope Nancy Buirski's documentary addresses a few of them.

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sigh. how do I post a photo?

I'm not sure you can attach an image - we are only able to point to a URL. I believe your message box is full - I just tried to PM you.

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With the kind help of pherank, this is the image from the back of a pamphlet that I kept from her funeral. I don't have a scanner so I just took a photo of it, and for some reason it seems to display sideways some of the time.

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Thank you for scanning this - she looks gorgeous. Is this from the mid-1960s, I wonder?

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Yes, it's a great image and well worth having. When I open it in Photoshop it displays vertically/portrait style, so I really don't know why some apps see it as a horizontal photo.

Below is a test to see if displays any better for some people, but it requires resaving the JPEG file and that always loses some data in the process...

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The trailer for the documentary "Afternoon of a Faun" which a few of you will be seeing soon. Anyway it looks stunning and heart wrenching:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdEaicb-pag

Excellent!

I'm really encouraged by the fact that the footage being used of Le Clercq has been cleaned up, and film rate issues have been fixed: it does look like people will be seeing the clips at life-like speeds and with decent clarity.

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Marvelous, Neryssa, thank you so much. I agree with pherank, the quality of the clips look very good now.

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The trailer for the documentary "Afternoon of a Faun" which a few of you will be seeing soon. Anyway it looks stunning and heart wrenching:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdEaicb-pag

Excellent!

I'm really encouraged by the fact that the footage being used of Le Clercq has been cleaned up, and film rate issues have been fixed: it does look like people will be seeing the clips at life-like speeds and with decent clarity.

That was the first thing I noticed. I wonder if we have Martin Scorsese to thank for the digitization - I have always wanted to see clips of her in Symphony in C and - perhaps one of those clips is Le Clercq in Cinderella? And I was not expecting to hear her speak - she had a beautiful voice too. I am quite overwhelmed by this trailer and the fact that this documentary has finally been made. It's about time.

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