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Misty Copeland


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With a passion for portraiture, Gregg Delman has traveled the world creating timeless, award-winning photographic portraits. His work has appeared in Time, Interview, Elle, GQ, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Gotham, and Vogue, to name a few. He has created campaigns for HBO, Banana Republic, and American Express and has photographed a roster of notable persons and celebrities. Misty Danielle Copeland is an American ballet dancer for American Ballet Theatre (ABT), one of the three leading classical ballet companies in the United States. In April 2015, she was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time. On June 30, 2015, Copeland became the first African American woman to be promoted to principal dancer in ABT's 75-year history. Copeland is considered a prodigy who rose to stardom despite not starting ballet until the age of 13. In addition to her dance career, Copeland has become a public persona as a public speaker, celebrity spokesperson, stage performer and television personality. She has written two autobiographical books, one of which was optioned into a feature-length film, and narrated a documentary about her struggles, A Ballerina's Tale.


"When I first met Misty Copeland years ago, she shared with me that she'd been told that she doesn't have a ballerina's body. Well, the 95 stunning portraits in the new book MISTY COPELAND prove how wrong that opinion was."
--Gayle King for O, The Oprah Magazine "[Misty Copeland is] a collection of images taken in studio sessions over a span of four years that elegantly captures the beauty, grace, sensuality, strength and athleticism of its subject as she took the dance, fashion and entertainment worlds by storm."
--Parade Magazine "[A] collaborative collection of images that celebrate the most well-known force in 21st-century ballet as she jumps, twists and stares powerfully into the camera." "This book is an exceptional partnership between the sensitive eye of the photographer and the magnificence, passion, and generosity of his subject." "Featuring a foreword by Copeland herself and a mesmerizing array of portraits captured between 2011 and 2014, the tome boasts plenty for its namesake's now-worldwide fan base to consume and enjoy..."
--Manhattan & Beach Magazine "Misty Copeland by Gregg Delman is the photographer's ode to the dancer, who is captured in dozens of magnificent poses so inspiring, we're seriously considering taking some ballet classes." "New York based Photographer Gregg Delman has teamed up with famed ballerina Misty Copeland to produce a book of her beautiful moves. The images are very artistic and a continuation of Copeland being a great role model for young ladies of color." "Their [photoshoot] sessions resulted in 95 intimate portraits now showcased in Delman's book Misty Copeland, out earlier this week from Rizzoli."
--New York Magazine, The Cut "Since becoming the first African-American woman to be named a principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre, Copeland has become a cultural phenomenon, and Delman's arresting pictures capture her sinewy power and grace."
--USA Today "Gregg Delman gives an intimate look into the life of Misty Copeland in this collection of artful photographs..."
--Bask Magazine

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