Creator: Alexander, Robert (1943-1989)
History: Robert Alexander (November 21, 1943-October 8, 1989) spent most of his early life in Brooklyn, eventually working as a freelance photographer and photographer’s assistant in both Brooklyn and Manhattan. His slides and prints of New York City during the seventies and eighties are a lively record of a city undergoing intense change and they reveal a fascination both with the ordinariness of city life and the grandeur and strangeness of the city itself.Alexander’s first resumes indicate that by the early seventies he had begun to think of himself as specializing in performance photography. While he did not achieve the broad recognition of some of his contemporaries such as Peter Moore, Alexander’s work is an important contribution to the documentation of experimental dance and performance of the seventies and eighties. He photographed most of the major experimental choreographers, dancers, and performers of the period, including Stuart Sherman, Kenneth King, Simone Forti, David Gordon, Valda Setterfield, Laura Foreman, Carter Frank, Yvonne Rainer, Steve Paxton, Douglass Dunn, Rudy Perez, Meredith Monk, Trisha Brown, Lucinda Childs, and A/P/A artists Yoshiko Chuma, Min Tanaka, and Ping Chong.