Sallie DeEtte Mackie brings to her work as a dance photographer many years of movement training. She saw the work of Jacques Lecoq while in school which opened her eyes to a broadened view of movement studies. Sallie studied the techniques of Etienne Decroux in corporeal mime as well as dance studies with Twyla Tharp, Cliff Keuter and members of the Martha Graham company. She also studied jazz with Hama and Ben Lokey. She attended the North Carolina School of the Arts in both drama and dance. Again while at NCSA she experienced mime and movement classes which influenced her work in all areas of movement and photography. She graduated from UCLA World Arts and Cultures Program with an emphasis in Comparative Mythology and Folklore. Graduate studies were done at Pacifica Graduate Institute in the Comparative Mythology and Depth Psychology program. She studied photography with Professor Phil Davis of the University of Michigan and Dr. Dick Arentz from the University of Arizona. Large format photography was studied at The Penland School of Arts and Crafts.
Ms. Mackie documented many of Los Angeles premier dance companies repertoires from the early 90’s well into the 2000’s. Her work covered all forms of dance from traditional to nightclubs with still cameras as well as work in art videos.
She is known for her ability to collaborate with the choreographer to come up with the photographic images which accurately convey the physicality of the movement within the context of the artistic piece.
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