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shooting at Glimmerglass Opera

After Hanging  ‘Broadway Revealed,’ Photographer Turning Lens On Opera

STEPHEN JOSEPH’S NEXT PROJECT

After Hanging ‘Broadway

Revealed,’ Photographer

Turning Lens On Opera

Photographer Stephen Joseph lays out some of the 113 canvases of his “Broadway Revealed” exhibit, going on display at Hartwick College on Sunday, June 9. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – Stephen Joseph’s elaborate “Broadway Revealed: Behind the Theater Curtain,” photograph series got started right here in Oneonta.

While in Oneonta to hang his “Broadway Revealed” exhibit at Hartwick College, Joseph has begun capturing Glimmerglass Opera with his 360-egree lens. (Allison Cadel/Glimmerglass Opera)

“Ten years ago, I was having lunch with artist Julia Clay and I told her I would love to find a project based in New York City,” he said. “I live in California, but I wanted an excuse to come back here more often.”

Clay suggested he meet with Marjorie Bradley Kellogg, a Broadway set designer living in Treadwell. “I photographed her in her studio with all the models she built of the sets,” he said. “And that started the whole thing rolling.”

The show, which had a run at Lincoln Center in 2012, opens 3 p.m. Sunday, June 9, at Hartwick College’s Foreman Gallery. “I’m psyched to have the show come to Oneonta,” he said. “A lot of people didn’t get to see it when it was in New York.”

For eight years, Joseph, son of painter Bunny and Howard Joseph, photographed costume designers, set builders, shoemakers, and other behind-the-scenes artists of Broadway shows including “Chicago,” “American Idiot,” “Hair,” and “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.”

“People know the actors, the dancers, the celebrities,” he said. “But I wanted to show the people who create the shows. People don’t recognize that everything on that stage has to be made.”

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