Cody Choi is a contemporary photographer and choreographer known for his stunning figurative portraits of dancers. Born in Hong Kong and a dancer himself, Cody captures the dynamism and passion of his subjects with an expert eye. Cody’s work is funded by the Arts Council England, as well as commissioned by the Royal Opera House, Greenwich Dance London and exhibited globally.
From Dancer to Photographer
Cody graduated in Modern Dance in 2000 from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, where he received the Jackie Chan Scholarship twice. Cody was then awarded a full scholarship to join the Transitions Dance Company at Laban in London. He has a breadth of international performing experience, including 3 international touring seasons with Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake as well as the English National Opera and the Royal National Theatre. This has no doubt provided the artist with the photographic reflexes and perception required to apprehend and seize the trajectory of his dancers as they glide through urban and suburban landscapes.
Cody Choi’s Style and Approach
Cody’s breathtaking female portraits like Dancer: Selina create a visceral sensation of flight and thrill. Observers are pinned to the spot as they anticipate the dancers’ next move. His approach isn’t simply to follow their movement though, but to move and ‘breath with them’. As well as the beautiful shapes of their bodies, Cody pays close attention to the dance of their clothes, hair and expressions for an all-engulfing action shot.
Exhibitions and Collections
Cody’s extensive experience as a dancer is equal to his acclaim as a modern photographer. He has shot for Samsung TV, Ben Sherman, Affordable Art Fair in Hong Kong, Singapore and London, and Saatchi Art in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, London and Bristol. He has also been featured in London TV, Samsung TV, Time Out, Aesthetica Magazine, Metro Newspaper, the Evening Standard, and more.