Lecture and Book Signing with Photographer Lucy Gray

Thursday, September 24, 7–8PM, Free

Balancing Acts Lucy Gray

Photo © Lucy Gray

Photographer Lucy Gray will present images from her new book, Balancing Acts: Three Prima Ballerina Becoming Mothers. The images were created over a span of fourteen years, during which Lucy photographed three San Francisco Ballet prima ballerinas, Kristin Long, Tina LeBlanc, and Katita Waldo, who had decided at the top of their careers to risk it all and have children, and keep on dancing.

The book, which was published March 10, has been reviewed in Elle, Slate, Fast Company, New York Magazine, is on Real Simple’s list of best books for Mother’s Day, and has been included in several online magazines. The forward was written by The New Yorker’s Hilton Als.

“We love this stunning collection of black and whites because it’s so much more than a tribute to three amazing women—it’s a model and emblem of hope for every woman who still believes they have a choice to make between success and motherhood. If there is one thing Balancing Acts teaches us, it’s that the two often go hand-in-hand.” — Bust.com

Balancing Acts is currently available in hardcover on Amazon.com and will also be available for sale at the event. View a wonderful trailer for the book on Vimeo.

Lucy will also be teaching a three-session workshop on how to tell stories with photographs, starting October 24. Details and registration here.


Lucy Gray by Barbara Katz_smLucy is an award-winning photographer whose work has previously been featured in numerous books, as well as The New York Times, The Independent, Mother Jones, Dance Magazine, Brick, and Salon.com. In 2013, she was asked to create the artist’s renditions for a letterpress reissue of Nathanael West’s classic The Day of the Locust from Arion Press. Her projects with San Francisco’s homeless population, tango dancers, and families facing foreclosure in central California have been exhibited across the Unite States. Lucy has created numerous public art projects, including for which her images of the actress Tilda Swinton were projected on the north and south faces of San Francisco’s City Hall for a week.