Kenn Duncan

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Kenn Duncan (September 22, 1928 - July 27, 1986) was an American dance photographer.


Kenneth Duncan was born September 22, 1928 in New Jersey. He began his career as a skater and then a dancer. After breaking his foot and taking a six-week course on photography at a YMCA, he became a photographer. Duncan worked as a principal photographer for After Dark and Dance Magazine. His photographs also regularly appeared in Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Life, Time, and Newsweek. In addition, he photographed a score of Broadway shows, including Hair, Applause, The Elephant Man, and Sophisticated Ladies and many dance and Broadway stars including Chita Rivera, Tommy Tune,[1] Jerry Herman, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Carol Channing and Angela Lansbury.

Death and afterward[edit]

Kenn Duncan died July 27, 1986 in New York Hospital of toxoplasmosis, a complication of AIDS.[2]

Duncan's complete archive was acquired by the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts in 2003.[3]

Published works[edit]

  • Nudes (Dance Magazine, 1970)
  • More Nudes (Danad Pub. Co., 1971)
  • Red Shoes (Universe, 1984)


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  2. ^ "Kenn Duncan Is Dead; A Dance Photographer". New York Times. 1986-07-28.
  3. ^ Gans, Andrew (2003-09-09). "New York Public Library Acquires Duncan Photos of Hines, Peters, Midler and 599,997 More". Playbill. Archived from the original on 2012-10-11.

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