Sunday, September 29, 2019

33 Vintage Photos Showing the Lindy Hop: The Dance That Defined the Swing Era

The Lindy hop is an American dance which was born in Harlem, New York City in 1928 and has evolved since then with the jazz music of that time. It was very popular during the Swing era of the late 1930s and early 1940s.

Lindy was a fusion of many dances that preceded it or were popular during its development but is mainly based on jazz, tap, breakaway, and Charleston. It is frequently described as a jazz dance and is a member of the swing dance family.

In its development, the Lindy hop combined elements of both partnered and solo dancing by using the movements and improvisation of African-American dances along with the formal eight-count structure of European partner dances – most clearly illustrated in the Lindy's basic step, the swingout.

Lindy hop is sometimes referred to as a street dance, referring to its improvisational and social nature. In 1932, twelve-year-old Norma Miller did the Lindy hop outside the Savoy Ballroom with her friends for tips. In 1935, 15,000 people danced on Bradhurst Avenue for the second of a dance series held by the Parks Department.

More Than Just the Woman in Hitler's Bathtub: Lee Miller’s Stunning Images of Women During World War II

Raped aged seven. Spotted by Conde Nast aged 19. Muse to Man Ray in her twenties. Painted by Picasso aged 30. And the woman in Hitler's bathtub in 1945, aged 38.

She is Lee Miller, a model who left the world of fashion to become a fearless war photographer during the dark days of the 1940s.

Lee Miller photographed innumerable women during her career, first as a fashion photographer and then as a journalist during the Second World War, documenting the social consequences of the conflict, particularly the impact of the war on women across Europe. Her work as a war photographer is perhaps that for which she is best remembered – in fact she was among the 20th century’s most important photographers on the subject.

 Lee Miller in Hitler’s bathtub, Munich, Germany, 1945.

Anna Leska, Air Transport Auxilliary, Polish pilot flying a spitfire, White Waltham, Berkshire, England, 1942.

A French woman is accused of collaborating with the Germans, Rennes, France, 1944.

ATS officers getting changed in Camberley, Surrey, 1944.

An exhausted nurse at the 44th evacuation hospital, Normandy, France, 1944.

A tired mother and son wait at a crossroads for transport, Luxembourg, 1945.

 Homeless children in Budapest, Hungary, 1946. Miller’s first assignment after the war.

Women in fire masks, Downshire Hill, Hampstead, London, 1941.

Irmgard Seefried, Opera singer, singing an aria from ‘Madame Butterfly’, Vienna Opera House, Vienna, Austria, 1945.

Two German women in ruined Cologne, 1945.

FFI Worker, Paris, France, 1944.

 Model shot with the backdrop of bomb damage in London, 1940.

The daughter of the Deputy Mayor of Leipzig after the family committed suicide on 20th April 1945 as American troops were entering the city.

Surgeons at a field hospital in Normandy in 1944.

Picasso and Miller at the Rue des Grands Augustins in Paris, 1944.

Lady Mary Dunn and young evacuee, Buckinghamshire, England 1941 

Mlle Christiane Poignet, law student, Paris, France, 1944.

Lee Miller in steel helmet specially designed for using a camera, Normandy, France 1944