André Elbing

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André Elbing

photographer and performer

André Elbing, born 1965, in Cologne, became interested in Oriental dance in 1989 when he started organizing and producing shows with his long time friend, Shahrazad. As he began taking photographs at some of the shows his business grew into an extensive collection of photographs of oriental dancers - about 1.000,000 photos in all.

Mr. Elbing has devoted the last 19 years of his career to Oriental dance photography and has worked with the great stars of the oriental dance world, past and present. He has been published in several Oriental dance magazines including Halima, Orient Magazine, Tanz Oriental, Bazar Oriental, Bastet, Chorika, Arabeske, Arabesque, Karawane, Carawan, Tantra, Spirit Germany, Habibbi USA, EL GAWHARA Egypt, Al Maqam Germany, Jareeda USA, Zaghareet USA, Bennu USA, Rakas Australia, Elraks Elsharki, Passion Orientale, Belly Dance Magazine USA, Bellydance Magazine Russia, Bellydance Magazine Japan, … will find his photos on hundreds of Bellydance internet pages and also on CD & DVD covers, books and so on.

His book “Aesthetics and Mysticism - Danse Oriental” will be available in the summer of 2009. He specializes in photographing live performances, yet he has the ability to bring the harmony and magic of the performance into a studio photo session. He captures the moment in a way that draws the viewer in, making one feel a part of the performance. His landscape and portrait photography captivate the viewer as well. Exhibitions in Albuquerque, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Katmandu, Berlin, Rostock, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Saarbrücken, Frankfurt, etc. are proof of the international interest in this art.

André is a sincere philanthropist of Oriental Dance. Trips to the Orient and to the United States enabled him to bring artists of the “Danse Oriental” together for new projects and thus promote this unique art form.

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