National Museum of Dance
National Museum of Dance
National Museum of Dance

Paul Kolnik

Renowned American photographer, Paul Kolnik, has been capturing the performing arts in New York for more than forty years. His incomparable oeuvre includes over fifty Broadway productions such as The Producers, Hairspray, War Horse, and The King and I; symphony orchestras and artists at Carnegie Hall; and influential dance troupes including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Twyla Tharp Dance, San Francisco Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company, American Ballet Theatre, and Paul Taylor Dance Company. Beginning in 1975, his longest and most prolific association has been with New York City Ballet (NYCB), for which he remains the official photographer. His documentation of the company to date totals hundreds of thousands of images. Kolnik has collaborated with the Museum on several occasions including the creation of three digital displays of photographs of NYCB and two Art in the Foyer installations, which he has granted on permanent loan. Ballet, Broadway, and Beyond (2009) articulated the breadth of Kolnik’s work in both musical theater and dance in a compelling juxtaposition of images from these genres. Moment to Moment: A History of Time and Place (2016) highlighted Kolnik’s photographs of NYCB at Saratoga Performing Arts Center and revealed his own deep connection as an artist to Saratoga Springs.