Tod Papageorge on New York Times Lens Blog

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“Not that I was so cool,” he said. “If you look at all the pictures, there’s a lot of attention to beautiful women and grace. But for me one of the challenging and difficult things to try to do was to consider a group of people and wait for that one instant when I saw that the form was coming together and would become legible in an immediate and meaningful way.”

Like others there, he danced to his own D.J., only without the help of illegal substances.

“I was disengaged with the people there as subjects,” he said, “but I was totally engaged with the action.”

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