Paul Taylor flying high in 1957. Photo by Radford Bascome, Courtesy DM Archives

#tbt: Our Favorite Paul Taylor Images from the Dance Magazine Archives

The news of Paul Taylor's death two weeks ago at the age of 88 has sparked innumerable tributes to the choreographer. We were inspired to delve into Dance Magazine's extensive photo archives to see what images of the late modern dance titan were hiding there. We present a baker's dozen of our favorites from over the years.


The shot we ran of a 28-year-old Paul Taylor in our "Brief Biographies" column, 1959

Photo by Zachary Freyman, Courtesy DM Archives

Taylor and company in his Tracer, 1962

Photo by Alix Jeffry, Courtesy DM Archives

Taylor and a furry friend at a promotional photo shoot

Photo by Zachary Freyman, Courtesy DM Archives

An outtake from our shoot with Taylor for our "Brief Biographies" column, 1959

Photo by Zachary Freyman, Courtesy DM Archives

Paul Taylor Dance Company preparing to embark on a European summer tour, 1966

Photo courtesy DM Archives

Taylor and company in his American Genesis, 1973

Photo by Kenn Duncan, Courtesy DM Archives

Taylor in his Circus Polka

Photo courtesy DM Archives

Taylor and Mikhail Baryshnikov in rehearsal

Photo by Jack Vartoogian, Courtesy DM Archives

Taylor giving notes during a stage rehearsal

Photo by Lois Greenfield, Courtesy DM Archives

Taylor at the commencement ceremony where he received a Doctor of Fine Arts degree from his alma mater, The Juilliard School, 1988

Photo by Peter Schaaf, Courtesy DM Archives

Taping of Taylor's Speaking in Tongues, 1991

Photo by Johan Elbers, Courtesy DM Archives

Taylor at the Kennedy Center Honors, 1992

Photo courtesy DM Archives

Paul Taylor, 1993

Photo by Annie Leibovitz, Courtesy DM Archives

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