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"PAIRS": A new book by Howard Schatz and Beverly Ornstein

Featured in PAIRS a new photography book by Howard Schatz and Beverly Ornstein

We are thrilled to announce that our newest book, “PAIRS,” has been printed and bound, and available for purchase.

“PAIRS” contains 406 pages (200 double-page spreads) with 365 images.

These are a handful of double-page spreads from the 200 contained in the book…
Left, Underwater Study 1687, Dancers Jennifer Kulz Smith, Cecelia Dangcil, Heather Naser, Mary Arnett & Sara Sessions. Right, Underwater Study 1604, Twins Lisa & Jennifer Wymore.
Left, Dance Study 1378, Tap Dancer Chikako Iwahori. Right, Beauty Study 1293, Model Natalia Costa.
From the beginning of my professional career my main interest, my motivating force and passion, has been to explore and experiment, searching for imagery that would surprise and delight me in my quest to express what’s deep inside. One of many areas of my on-going interest has been the exploration of the relationship between two subjects: the visual, graphic, emotional, social, physical and even spiritual dynamic resonating and resulting from such combinations.
Nude Body Nude Study 1424, Dancers Elizabeth Gaither & Sean Stewart, American Ballet Theater.
NFL Punter Jamie Gillan, from The Shape of the NFL Project.
“Pietà” d’après Michangelo, Sebastien Marcovici, New York City Ballet, and model/actor Brooke Shields.
I am in search of the electric, sometimes eccentric and always compelling connections possible with a combination of two whether dancers, athletes mothers and newborns, gymnasts, and even inanimate objects. Sometimes, they were brought together intentionally: I’ve found other images that speak to each other in ways I had not previously noticed. The connections are sometimes subtle, sometimes not.
Left, Human Body Study, PAIRS 106, Dancers Elijah Dillehay & Holly Wilder. Right, Human Body Study, PAIRS 112, Dancers Erica Messonnier & John Peterson.
Left, Nude Body Nude Study, Dancers Sebastien Marcovici & Kristina Fernandez, New York City Ballet. Right, Nude Body Nude Study 1133, Dancers Dwana Smallwood & Matthew Rushing, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Left, Liquid Light Study 1129, Dancer Kennitta Lindsey. Right, BodyKnot 205.
I’ve scoured for pairings of every sort. Not necessarily the Shakespearean form of heroic couplets, but couplets nevertheless. I have tried to look for both the unexpected and the unusual in my art. A photographic odyssey into the world of twos is a natural outgrowth of my ongoing search for surprise and delight.
Newborn Study 1066, Model Irina Pantaeva & newborn son, Solongo Levin.
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