Self taught snapper Matthew Brookes was born in England and grew up in South Africa. he moved to Paris ten years ago and is now based between Paris and New York City. His first coffee table book, "Les danseurs ", is the result of a year that he spent with twenty professional male ballet dancers in Paris. He asked them to think of falling birds when they posed for him. His black-and-white portraits, taken against a simple backdrop, give a close-up view of the men’s bodies, from head to pointed toe. The photographer happened upon the project when a casting director friend in Paris introduced him to a dancer to shoot, and from there, the introductions spiraled. "It’s something godly, almost mystical", he said. The group included three danseurs étoiles, Hervé Moreau, Josua Hoffalt and Mathieu Ganio, with Yvon Demol, Antonio Conforti, Grégory Dominiak, Axel Libot, Julien Meyzindi, Hugo Marchand, Loïck Pireaux, Germain Louvet, Florimond Lemort Dit Lorieux, Michaël Lafon, Antoine Kircher, Cyril Mitilian, Jérémy-Loup Quer and Daniel Stokes. A collector's edition limited to 25 copies of this book will be released next month (here).