Photograph of Martha Graham in "Mirror Before Me" by Arnold Eagle, 1945

Guide to Photograph of Martha Graham in "Mirror Before Me" by Arnold Eagle C0486


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Repository George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections Research Center.
Creator Eagle, Arnold
Title Photograph of Martha Graham in "Mirror Before Me" by Arnold Eagle
Date 1945
Physical Characteristics .01 Linear Feet
Abstract Black and white photograph of Martha Graham performing her work "Mirror Before Me" from 1945. The photo features Graham mid-dance in a black dress and posing with an abstract stage prop.
Collection Number C0486
Language English

Biographical Note

Born in 1894 in Pennsylvania, Martha Graham is considered a leading figure of American dance, particularly Modern Dance. Graham created her very own dance style - known as the Graham technique - and founded her dance company in 1926 in Manhattan, New York. Her pioneering style of dance focused on "the emotional activity of the dancers' body," which led to the creation of over 180 ballets and "a dance technique that has been compared to ballet in its scope and magnitude" (Marthagraham.org). Many of Graham's leading roles focused on great women figures of myth and history. Graham received wide acclaim for her dance and choreography over her lifetime and was granted many awards for her service to the arts. Graham danced well into her seventies, and choreographed into her nineties. She died in 1991 at the age of 96. The Martha Graham Dance Company still performs today.

Arnold Eagle was a successful Hungarian-American dance and arts photographer. Born in 1909 in Hungary, Eagle immigrated with his parents to Brooklyn, New York in 1929. Eagle was known for documenting dance companies, particularly the Royal Danish Ballet. He also was a prolific social photographer, and was also known for his photography of New York City's impoverished Lower East Side Jewish community. Eagle passed away in 1992.

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Scope and Content Note

Black and white photograph of Martha Graham performing her work "Mirror Before Me" - also known as "Herodiade" - by Arnold Eagle, 1945. The photo features Graham mid-dance in a black dress and posing with an abstract stage prop. The back of the photo features Eagle's stamp, as well as a handwritten inscription that reads "Martha Graham in 'Mirror Before Me' 1945[.]"

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Arrangement

This is a single item collection.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions.

Use Restrictions

There are no other restrictions on personal use. Permission to publish material from the Photograph of Martha Graham in "Mirror Before Me" by Arnold Eagle must be obtained from Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

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Related Material

The Special Collections Research Center also holds many other collections about dance and the performing arts.

The New York Public Library (NYPL) Archives and Manuscripts, Jerome Robbins Dance Division holds the Arnold Eagle dance photography collection and the Martha Graham Dance Company records. In 2020 the NYPL also acquired the Martha Graham archive, which is currently being processed and will be available for access in the future.

The International Center of Photography holds photographs by Arnold Eagle.

The New School Archives and Special Collections holds the Arnold Eagle photographs.

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Index Terms

Persons:

Graham, Martha

Subjects:

Dance
Modern dance
Photography

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Photograph of Martha Graham in "Mirror Before Me" by Arnold Eagle, C0486, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

Acquisition Information

Purchased by Steve Gerber in March 2012.

Processing Information

Processing completed by Amanda Brent in July 2021. EAD markup completed by Amanda Brent in July 2021. This item was formerly part of the Performing Arts Manuscript Materials collection, C0215.

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Bibliography

"Arnold Eagle." International Center of Photography, accessed July 19, 2021. https://www.icp.org/browse/archive/constituents/arnold-eagle?all/all/all/all/0.

Arnold Eagle dance photograph collection, *MGZEB 18-2791. Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, accessed July 19, 2021. http://archives.nypl.org/dan/24603.

"Herodiade (Ballet choreographed by Martha Graham." Library of Congress, accessed July 19, 2021. https://www.loc.gov/item/ihas.200182839/.

"History." Martha Graham Dance Company, accessed July 19, 2021. https://marthagraham.org/history/.

Terry, W. "Martha Graham." Encyclopedia Britannica, accessed July 19, 2021. https://www.britannica.com/biography/Martha-Graham.

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