Unknown photographer, Raymond Duncan

€950.00

Unknown photographer, Raymond Duncan,

1914 - 1944, France - United States,
Titled,
Vintage silver print, Very Good,
Not mounted,
18  X  24 cm

Archive about Raymond Duncan:
4 vintage silver prints (+/- 18 X 24 cm)
1 four page publication “Exangelos et New-Paris-York” made and printed by Raymond Duncan
Booklet “Les moyens de grève” written and printed by Raymond Duncan

Raymond Duncan (1874-1966) was an American dancer, artist, poet, craftsman, and philosopher. Born in San Francisco. In 1891, at the age of 17, he developed a theory of movement which he called kinematics, "a remarkable synthesis of the movements of labor and of daily life." He believed that the value of labor was the development of the worker, not production or earnings.

In 1898 he and his mother left America and worked for a time in London, Berlin, Athens, and Paris. Duncan's theory of movement led him to work particularly closely with his sister Isadora, a noted dancer.

In 1909 Raymond and Penelope returned to the United States for a series of performances of classical Greek plays. The couple also gave lectures and classes on folk music, weaving, dancing, and Greek music. They then spent several months in the Pacific Northwest with the Klamath Indians. In 1911 Duncan and Penelope returned to Paris and founded a school, the Akademia Raymond Duncan, at 31 Rue de Seine, which offered free courses in their specialty areas of dance, arts, and crafts; they later opened a similar school in London. Both schools were based on the idea of the Platonic Academy and both were "an open house for every new effort in theater, literature, music and art."

In addition to his artistic and creative pursuits, Duncan found time to write poetry and plays, as well as books, newspapers, and editorials expounding his philosophy of "actionalism." At the age of 73, he proposed creating the city of "New Paris York" at latitude 45N, longitude 36W (in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean) as a symbol of cooperation and inter-cultural communication.
(Source: Raymond Duncan Collection, An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University)

Photo ID: 4925


  • photographic process: Vintage silver print
  • Vintage photo made by: Unknown Photographer


  • Unknown photographer, Raymond Duncan
  • Unknown photographer, Raymond Duncan
  • Unknown photographer, Raymond Duncan
  • Unknown photographer, Raymond Duncan
  • Unknown photographer, Raymond Duncan
  • Unknown photographer, Raymond Duncan
  • Unknown photographer, Raymond Duncan
  • Unknown photographer, Raymond Duncan
  • Unknown photographer, Raymond Duncan

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