Jonathan Atkin Exhibits the Hero Project on Steamship Lilac

June 17, 2014

By Barbara Goldman

© Jonathan Atkin

 Dancers Peggy Choi, Ze Motion and Spydey photographed for The Hero Project.

Aerial, maritime and industrial photographer Jonathan Atkin combines his love of historic ship photography with renowned dancers in The Hero Project. Atkin is exhibiting  52 of his large-scale photographs of  magnificent  world-renowned dancers leaping and jumping on a series of historic ships.  The Hero Project is Atkin’s way of combining his passion for the preservation  and creation of  a maritime legacy for these historic ships with  his love of dance. The Hero Project is exhibiting now through June 30th on the Steamship Lilac, now a museum but once a U.S. Coast Guard vessel built in 1933 to carry supplies to lighthouses.  Photographer Atkin is a licensed sea captain but also worked for many years as a photographer for the Alvin Ailey and Philadelphia Dance Companies.  There’s still time to see the incredible grace and footwork  of these dancers on the decks of  these honored ships.  You can read more about the project from an earlier PhotoServe article here  and  on DNAinfo New York.  See more work at Jonathan Atkin’s site as well.   Atkin is a member of APA, and they are also supporting and recognizing the the Hero Project with their own promotion here .

The Hero Project

Exhibits on Historic Steamship Lilac
Pier 25 at West and North Moore Sts.

Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m,Now through June 30. The exhibit is free.